This book looks at the influence of jazz on the development of African American modernist literature over the 20th century, with a particular attention to the social and aesthetic significance of stylistic changes in the music.
Introduction: The Language of Jazz as American Culture Becomes Modern 1. Langston Hughes and the First Book of Jazz 2. Thriving on a Riff: Bebop and Langston Hughes's Montage of a Dream Deferred 3. Riffing on the Lower Frequencies: Dialogism, Intertextuality, and Bebop in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man 4. "Here Where Coltrane Is": Jazz, Cultural Memory, and Political Aesthetics in the Poetry of Michael S. Harper 5. Albert Murray Brings It On Home: Revisioning Black Modernism in Train Whistle Guitar. Coda.