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The great American songbooks : musical texts, modernism, and the value of popular culture

Author: T Austin Graham
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
Series: Modernist literature & culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American authors pioneered a mode of musical writing that quite literally resounded beyond the printed page. Novels gained soundtracks, poetry compelled its audiences to sing, and the ostensibly silent act of reading became anything but. The Great American Songbooks is the story of this literature, at once an overview of musical and authorial practice at the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Notated music
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: T Austin Graham
ISBN: 9780199862115 0199862117 9780199967384 0199967385 9780199862122 0199862125
OCLC Number: 805051810
Description: xvii, 293 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Musical literature, its theory and practice --
Songs not in thy songs : musical forms and American free verse --
The literary soundtrack : F. Scott Fitzgerald's heard and unheard melodies --
Make them black and bid them sing : musical poetics, racial transformation, and the Harlem renaissance --
"Got over" : the chorus girl novel and the musical stage --
The bridge : motifs in contemporary musical fiction.
Series Title: Modernist literature & culture.
Responsibility: T. Austin Graham.

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The Great American Songbooks shows how popular music shapes and permeates a host of modernism's hallmark texts.  Read more...

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[This book] revives an important debate about the cultural value of musical modernism, and offers its readers not only a distinctive thesis, but a distinctive soundtrack to accompany its deft Read more...

 
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