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The shadow and the act : black intellectual practice, jazz improvisation, and philosophical pragmatism

Author: Walton M Muyumba
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2009.
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Though often thought of as rivals, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Amiri Baraka shared a range of interests, especially a passion for music. Jazz, in particular, was a decisive influence on their thinking, and, as The Shadow and the Act reveals, they drew on their insights into the creative process of improvisation to analyze race and politics in the civil rights era. In this inspired study, Walton M. Muyumba  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Muyumba, Walton M.
Shadow and the act.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2009
(DLC) 2008048657
(OCoLC)262429500
Named Person: Ralph Ellison; James Baldwin; Amiri Baraka
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Walton M Muyumba
ISBN: 9780226554259 0226554252 9780226554235 9780226554242 0226554236 0226554244
OCLC Number: 434595849
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 216 p.)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: Vamping 'til ready --
Three ways of looking at a yardbird : Charlie Parker and the theorization of jazz improvisation in the work of Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka --
Black is, black ain't : violence, black masculinity, and the novel as democratic symbol --
Cutting session : Baldwin as prizefighting intellectual, Baldwin as improvising intellectual --
Improvising over the changes : improvisation as intellectual and aesthetic practice in the transitional poems of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka --
Coda.
Responsibility: Walton M. Muyumba.

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Though often thought of as rivals, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Amiri Baraka shared a range of interests, especially a passion for music. Jazz, in particular, was a decisive influence on their thinking, and, as The Shadow and the Act reveals, they drew on their insights into the creative process of improvisation to analyze race and politics in the civil rights era. In this inspired study, Walton M. Muyumba situates them as a jazz trio, demonstrating how Ellison, Baraka, and Baldwin's individual works form a series of calls and responses with each other. Muyumba connects their writings on.

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