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Jazz Internationalism offers a bold reconsideration of jazz's influence in Afro-modernist literature. Ranging from the New Negro Renaissance through the social movements of the 1960s, John Lowney articulates nothing less than a new history of Afro-modernist jazz writing. Jazz added immeasurably to the vocabulary for discussing radical internationalism and black modernism in leftist African American literature. Lowney examines how Claude McKay, Ann Petry, Langston Hughes, and many other writers employed jazz as both a critical social discourse and mode of artistic expression to explore the possibilities ”and challenges ”of black internationalism. The result is an expansive understanding of jazz writing sure to spur new debates.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 1. “Harlem Jazzing”: Claude McKay, Home to Harlem, and Jazz Internationalism
  2. pp. 27-58
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  1. 2. “Black Man’s Verse”: The Black Chicago Renaissance and the Popular Front Jazz Poetics of Frank Marshall Davis
  2. pp. 59-88
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  1. 3. “Do You Sing for a Living?”: Ann Petry, The Street, and the Gender Politics of World War II Jazz
  2. pp. 89-110
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  1. 4. “Cultural Exchange”: Cold War Jazz and the Political Aesthetics of Langston Hughes’s Long Poems
  2. pp. 111-130
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  1. 5. “A Silent Beat in Between the Drums”: Bebop, Post-Bop, and the Black Beat Poetics of Bob Kaufman
  2. pp. 131-158
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  1. Conclusion. “A New Kind of Music”: Paule Marshall, The Fisher King, and the Dissonance of Diaspora
  2. pp. 159-180
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 181-204
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 205-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-228
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Further Series Titles
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252099939
Related ISBN
9780252041334
MARC Record
OCLC
993624127
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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