Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface Introduction: Vamping 'til Ready Movement I Three Ways of Looking at a Yardbird: Charlie Parker and the Theorization of Jazz Improvisation in the Work of Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Le Roi Jones/Amiri Baraka Movement II Black Is, Black Ain't: Violence, Black Masculinity, and the Novel as Democratic Symbol Movement III Cutting Session: Baldwin as Intellectual Prizefighter, Baldwin as Improvising Intellectual Movement IV Improvising over the Changes: Improvisation as Intellectual and Aesthetic Practice in the Transitional Poems of Le Roi Jones/Amiri Baraka Coda Acknowledgments Index. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
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 jazz to the philosophical tradition of pragmatism, particularly its support for more freedom for individuals and more democratic societies. He examines the way they responded to and elaborated on that lineage, showing how they significantly broadened it by addressing the African American experience, especially its aesthetics. Ultimately, Muyumba contends, the trio enacted pragmatist principles by effectively communicating the social and political benefits of African Americans fully entering society, thereby compelling America to move closer to its democratic ideals.
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Walton M. Muyumba is associate professor of English at the University of North Texas.
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