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Fascinating Rhythm : Reading Jazz in American Writing - David Yaffe

Fascinating Rhythm

Reading Jazz in American Writing

Hardcover Published: 27th November 2005
ISBN: 9780691123578
Number Of Pages: 232

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How have American writers written about jazz, and how has jazz influenced American literature? In "Fascinating Rhythm," David Yaffe explores the relationship and interplay between jazz and literature, looking at jazz musicians and the themes literature has garnered from them by appropriating the style, tones, and innovations of jazz, and demonstrating that the poetics of jazz has both been assimilated into, and deeply affected, the development of twentieth-century American literature.

Yaffe explores how Jewish novelists such as Norman Mailer, J. D. Salinger, and Philip Roth engaged issues of racial, ethnic, and American authenticity by way of jazz; how Ralph Ellison's descriptions of Louis Armstrong led to a "neoconservative" movement in contemporary jazz; how poets such as Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane, Langston Hughes, and Frank O'Hara were variously inspired by the music; and how memoirs by Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, and Miles Davis both reinforced and redeemed the red light origins of jazz. The book confronts the current jazz discourse and shows how poets and novelists can be placed in it--often with problematic results. "Fascinating Rhythm" stops to listen for the music, demonstrating how jazz continues to speak for the American writer.

"David Yaffe's Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing provides a brilliant account of the music's often overlooked influence on J.D. Salinger, Philip Roth and other lights of the literary firmament"--Alex Abramovich, Playboy "This lively and provocative book exemplifies the very best of jazz writing by scholars working primarily outside the discipline of musicology."--Mervyn Cooke, Music and Letters

Introductionp. 1
White Negroes and Native Sons Blacks and Jews in Words and Musicp. 15
Listening to Ellison Transgression and Tradition in Ellison's Jazz Writingsp. 61
Stomping The Muse Jazz, Poetry, and the Problematic Musep. 99
Love for Sale Hustling The Jazz Memoirp. 150
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780691123578
ISBN-10: 0691123578
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 27th November 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43