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The study of jazz comes of age with this anthology. One of the first books to consider jazz outside of established critical modes, Jazz Among the Discourses brings together scholars from an array of disciplines to question and revise conventional methods of writing and thinking about jazz.
Challenging "official jazz histories," the contributors to this volume view jazz through the lenses of comparative literature; African American studies; music, film, and communication theory; English literature; American studies; history; and philosophy. With uncommon rigor and imagination, their essays probe the influence of various discourses—journalism, scholarship, politics, oral history, and entertainment—on writing about jazz. Employing modes of criticism and theory that have transformed study in the humanities, they address questions seldom if ever raised in jazz writing: What are the implications of building jazz history around the medium of the phonograph record? Why did jazz writers first make the claim that jazz is an art? How is an African American aesthetic articulated through the music? What are the consequences of the interaction between the critic and the jazz artist? How does the improvising artist navigate between chaos and discipline?
Along with its companion volume, Representing Jazz, this versatile anthology marks the arrival of jazz studies as a mature, intellectually independent discipline. Its rethinking of conventional jazz discourse will further strengthen the position of jazz studies within the academy.

Contributors. John Corbett, Steven B. Elworth, Krin Gabbard, Bernard Gendron, William Howland Kenney, Eric Lott, Nathaniel Mackey, Burton Peretti, Ronald M. Radano, Jed Rasula, Lorenzo Thomas, Robert Walser

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A most valuable and engrossing book that will surely be read by all those who write about jazz. Fans will also seek it out. It offers a wealth of perspectives, allowing the reader to learn what people in other disciplines have to say about jazz."—Lewis Porter, author, with Michael Ullman, of Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present

"A remarkable variety of voices and perspectives, and yet the overall thrust of the collection—to establish the groundwork on which a field of jazz studies could be founded—is quite clear. Jazz Among the Discourses will have an obvious impact on musicology, simply because nothing like it has ever been attempted."—Scott DeVeaux, University of Virginia

Voice Literary Supplement
The essays in Representing Jazz and Jazz among the Discourses, companion anthologies edited by Krin Gabbard, seek to dismantle constricting definitions of jazz by exposing the music-as it has been played, imagined, and conceptualized-to interpretive methods in critical theory and cultural studies.
American Music
Krin Gabbard, a specialist on jazz in cinema, has assembled two welcome volumes on jazz that include contributions from the fields of film, literature, dance, musicology, history, and art history. The collections share a commitment to developing an interdisciplinary vision for jazz studies that includes engagement with postmodern and poststructural critical theories. . . . Historians of American music are likely to find Jazz among the Discourses a particularly useful volume, since it emphasizes historiographic issues and collects several important previously published works.
American Book Review
[I]mportant for studying the interconnections between music, culture, and society. . . . [The contributors] share a commitment to understanding the complexity of the music they champion. Their efforts in opening up new perspectives for the analysis of music must be commended.
Both anthologies will provide valuable material for the serious student of jazz. . . . And the average reader with an interest in jazz will find some stimulating reading here.
(Associated Musicians of Greater New York)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822315964
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Krin Gabbard is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the editor of the companion volume, Representing Jazz, also published by Duke University Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Jazz Canon and Its Consequences 1
"Moldy Figs" and Modernists: Jazz at War (1942-1946) 31
Jazz in Crisis, 1948-1958: Ideology and Representation 57
Other: From Noun to Verb 76
Historical Context and the Definition of Jazz: Putting More of the History in "Jazz History" 100
Oral Histories of Jazz Musicians: The NEA Transcripts as Texts in Context 117
The Media of Memory: The Seductive Menace of Records in Jazz History 134
"Out of Notes": Signification, Interpretation, and the Problem of Miles Davis 165
Critical Alchemy: Anthony Braxton and the Imagined Tradition 189
Ephemera Underscored: Writing Around Free Improvisation 217
Double V, Double-Time: Bebop's Politics of Style 243
Ascension: Music and the Black Arts Movement 256
Contributors 275
Index 277
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