Swinging the Vernacular

Jazz and African American Modernist Literature

By Michael Borshuk

© 2006 – Routledge

256 pages

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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.

About the Author

Michael Borshuk is Assistant Professor of African American literature in the department of English at Texas Tech University. He has published book chapters and critical articles on Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, William Carlos Williams and Mina Loy. He also writes on jazz regularly for Coda Magazine.

About the Series

Studies in African American History and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004040
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American
MUS025000
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Jazz
SOC001000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies