1st Edition

Jazz and Literature An Introduction

Edited By Maria Antónia Lima, Mia Funk Copyright 2024
    272 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Jazz and Literature: An Introduction presents an original collection of essays from leading international scholars, examining an array of musical and literary interconnections including improvisation, multicultural influences, poetry, modernism, the Beat movement, jazz forms, noir, solo and collective expression, global perspectives on jazz and literature, etc. This volume sheds light on the critical and creative discussions of music and literature, showing the evolving relevance of jazz in the twenty-first century. The book also includes a special section dedicated to interviews with writers, musicians, and creatives such as U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Anthony Joseph, Geoff Dyer, Paul Hirsch, Dickie Landry, and Dwandalyn R. Reece. This volume is an ideal resource for students of music and literature and for academics interested in the creative dialogues between jazz and literature.


    Maria Antónia Lima and Mia Funk



    Jane Austen and John Coltrane

    Allen Michie

    Does Early Jazz Express Freedom or Possibility?

    Amedeo D’Adamo

    Modern Jazz Quintet: Hughes, Joans, Kaufman, Cortez, Komunyakaa

    A. Robert Lee

    Race and Cut-Up Improvisational Aesthetics: William Burroughs and Jazz

    Benjamin Heal

    Jazz and Futurism in Italy 1910-1935

    Francesco Martinelli

    David Bowie’s Blackstar: Jazz, War, and Seventeenth-Century Literary Connections in “‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore” and “Sue”

    James Rovira

    Jazz as Modernity’s Challenge in Interwar Spain

    Juan Herrero-Senés

    Sounds in the Dark: Jazz in Noir Narratives

    Maria Antónia Lima


    Jazz in Brazilian and Portuguese Poetry

    Mário Avelar

    Truth has to be given in riddles: Literary Influences in the Portuguese Jazz Scene

    Nuno Catarino

    Jazz, Body, and Soul: Yusef Lateef’s Autophysiopsychic Practice

    Sam V.H. Reese

    Varieties of Religious Experience through Jazz in Cortázar’s “The Pursuer”

    William Levine




    Hvor En Var Baen: Places of Childhood

    Haftor Medbøe

    Four Musicians and Six Characters: Narrative Categories in Contemporary Free Jazz

    José Dias

    The Creative Process: Storytelling as an Improvisational Process

    Mia Funk

    Morte d’Miles: Time with a Virtuoso

    Peter Weller

    Inside the Mind and Heart of the Free Improviser — an Improvisation

    Robert Dick

    Notes on Improvising While Composing: Dutch Writer J. Bernlef on Writing with Jazz

    Scott Rollins






    Music, Space, Sensation, and the Creative Process

    Ada Limón

    Jazz, Poetry, Improvisation, and the Art of Memory

    Anthony Joseph

    Portugal, Cultural Memory, and the Language of Jazz

    Bernardo Moreira

    Jazz and the Time of the Novel

    Bruce Evan Barnhart

    An Improvised Life

    Dickie Landry

    African American Music and Storytelling: A Curator’s Perspective

    Dwandalyn R. Reece

    Improvisation and Freedom, Passion and Purpose

    Edmar Castañeda

    Jazz, Film, Graphic Novels, and The Discovery of Sound

    Filipe Melo

    Writing Between the Notes

    Geoff Dyer

    On Music and the Intersection of Life and Craft

    Jericho Brown

    A Journey Through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time

    Natalie Hodges

    A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away

    Paul Hirsch

    Zen, Blues, Simplicity, and The Art of Songwriting

    Rick Carnes

    Songwriting and Self-Exploration

    Sharon Kovacs




    For Ray

    Ana Castillo

    That Cat Named Bird

    Antonia Alexandra Klimenko 

    My Romance

    Gerald Fleming

    Rahsaan Roland Kirk at the Village Vanguard

    Jeffrey Greene

    Chet Baker

    J. Bernlef

    Forever Monkin’ it

    Malik Ameer Crumpler

    Forward Avenue Blues (for Katherine Dunham)

    Michael Simms

    Other Leavings, Other Lives

    Yvette Centeno


    Maria Antónia Lima is an Associate Professor at the University of Évora, in Portugal, where she completed her PhD on the fiction of Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. She is a researcher at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies  (ULICES), and teaches American Literature at the University of Évora. She was President of the Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies (APEAA) and a Board Member of the European Society for the Studies of English (ESSE). Her publications include international essays in specialized journals and critical volumes, as well as books on Gothic and the relationships between literature and the arts.

    Mia Funk is an artist, podcast host, writer, and creative educator. Founder of The Creative Process international educational initiative, podcast, and traveling exhibition, her varied work sees her leading workshops and mentoring students around creativity, critical thinking, environmental ethics, and humanities disciplines. Her work appears in public and private collections, including the U.S. Library of Congress, Office of Public Works, and Centre Culturel Irlandais de Paris. She’s received the Prix de Peinture from the Salon d’Automne and exhibited in the Grand Palais. Funk served on the National Advisory Council of the American Writers Museum and serves on the advisory board of the European Conference for the Humanities.