Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing by David Yaffe

By David Yaffe

How have American writers written approximately jazz, and the way has jazz inspired American literature? In Fascinating Rhythm, David Yaffe explores the connection and interaction among jazz and literature, taking a look at jazz musicians and the topics literature has garnered from them by means of appropriating the fashion, tones, and concepts of jazz, and demonstrating that the poetics of jazz has either been assimilated into, and deeply affected, the improvement of twentieth-century American literature.

Yaffe explores how Jewish novelists corresponding to Norman Mailer, J. D. Salinger, and Philip Roth engaged problems with racial, ethnic, and American authenticity in terms of jazz; how Ralph Ellison's descriptions of Louis Armstrong resulted in a "neoconservative" flow in modern jazz; how poets equivalent to Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane, Langston Hughes, and Frank O'Hara have been variously encouraged via the track; and the way memoirs by way of Billie vacation, Charles Mingus, and Miles Davis either strengthened and redeemed the pink gentle origins of jazz. The booklet confronts the present jazz discourse and indicates how poets and novelists could be positioned in it--often with complicated effects. Fascinating Rhythm stops to hear for the track, demonstrating how jazz maintains to talk for the yank writer.

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