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, jazz musicians and the subjects literature has garnered from them through appropriating the fashion, tones, and concepts of jazz, and demonstrating that the poetics of jazz has either been assimilated into, and deeply affected, the advance of twentieth-century American literature.
Yaffe explores how Jewish novelists akin to Norman Mailer, J. D. Salinger, and Philip Roth engaged problems with racial, ethnic, and American authenticity when it comes to jazz; how Ralph Ellison's descriptions of Louis Armstrong resulted in a "neoconservative" stream in modern jazz; how poets corresponding to Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane, Langston Hughes, and Frank O'Hara have been variously encouraged through the track; and the way memoirs through Billie vacation, Charles Mingus, and Miles Davis either bolstered and redeemed the pink gentle origins of jazz. The e-book confronts the present jazz discourse and indicates how poets and novelists may be put in it--often with troublesome effects. Fascinating Rhythm stops to pay attention for the tune, demonstrating how jazz keeps to talk for the yankee writer.
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