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Scoring race : jazz, fiction, and Francophone Africa, Pim Higginson

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Scoring race : jazz, fiction, and Francophone Africa
Title
Scoring race
Title remainder
jazz, fiction, and Francophone Africa
Statement of responsibility
Pim Higginson
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Pim Higginson draws on race theory, aesthetics, cultural studies, musicology, and postcolonial studies to examine the convergence of aesthetics and race in Western thought and to explore its impact on Francophone African literature. France's "tumulte noir," the jazz craze between the two world wars, consolidated an aesthetic model present in Western philosophy since Plato that coalesced into French "scientific" racism over the 19th century; a model which formalized the notion of music as black. France's "jazzophilia" codified what the author names the "racial score:" simultaneously an archive and script that, in defining jazz as "black music," has had wide-reaching effects on contemporary perceptions of the artistic and political efficacy of black writers, musicians, and their aesthetic productions. Reading avant-garde French writers Sartre and Soupault to prize-winning Francophone authors Congolese Emmanuel Dongala to Cameroonian Léonora Miano, Scoring Race explores how jazz masters Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane became touchstones for claims to African authorship and aesthetic subjectivity across the long twentieth century. This volume focuses on how this naturalization of black musicality occurred and its impact on Francophone African writers and filmmakers for whom the idea of their own essential musicality represented an epistemological obstacle. Despite this obstacle, because of jazz's profound importance to diaspora aesthetics, as well as its crucial role in the French imaginary, many African writers have chosen to make it a structuring principle of their literary projects. How and why, Pim Higginson asks, did these writers and filmmakers approach jazz and its participation in and formalization of the "racial score"? To what extent did they reproduce the terms of their own systematic expulsion into music and to what extent, in their impossible demand for writing (or film-making), did they arrive at tactical means of working through, around, or beyond the strictures of their assumed musicality? Pim Higginson is Professor of Global French Studies at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
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Higginson, Pim
Dewey number
840.9/960904
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ3980.5
LC item number
.H54 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
African articulations
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  • African literature (French)
  • African literature (French)
  • African literature (French)
  • Jazz in literature
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Scoring race : jazz, fiction, and Francophone Africa, Pim Higginson
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 28 Aug 2017)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
CR9781787440371
Extent
1 online resource (237 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781787440371
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Scoring race : jazz, fiction, and Francophone Africa, Pim Higginson
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 28 Aug 2017)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781787440371
Extent
1 online resource (237 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781787440371
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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