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Author Muyumba, Walton M.

Title The shadow and the act : black intellectual practice, jazz improvisation, and philosophical pragmatism / Walton M. Muyumba
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 216 pages)
Contents Introduction: Vamping 'til ready -- Three ways of looking at a yardbird : Charlie Parker and the theorization of jazz improvisation in the work of Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka -- Black is, black ain't : violence, black masculinity, and the novel as democratic symbol -- Cutting session : Baldwin as prizefighting intellectual, Baldwin as improvising intellectual -- Improvising over the changes : improvisation as intellectual and aesthetic practice in the transitional poems of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka -- Coda
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-196) and index
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Subject Baldwin, James, 1924-1987 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Ellison, Ralph -- Criticism and interpretation.
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Improvisation (Music)
Jazz in literature.
Jazz -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008048657
ISBN 0226554236 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226554244 (paperback; alk. paper)
0226554252 (electronic bk.)
9780226554235 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780226554242 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780226554259 (electronic bk.)