The songs became the stories : the music in African American fiction, 1970-2005 / Robert H. Cataliotti

Author(s): Cataliotti, Robert H., 1955-
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Subjects: American fiction--African American authors--History and criticism
African Americans--Music--History and criticism
Music in literature
African Americans--Intellectual life
African Americans--Race identity
African Americans in literature
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : Peter Lang, c2007
Series: African-American literature and culture v. 14
LC Classification: P, PS
Physical Description: xvi, 257 p. ; 23 cm
Table of Contents: Preface: "the opener": the tradition of representing music in African-American literature
Pt. I. "What good is a liturgy without a text?"
Ch. 1. "Synthesizing the hoodoo of voodoo ": the music as [dis]embodied hero in Ishmael Reed's Mumbo jumbo 3
Ch. 2. "Sing a little somethin for me" : the music as history lesson in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon 17
Pt. II. "Beautiful and colored and alive, all at the same time"
Ch. 3. "A way of life" : coming-of-age through music in Al Young's Snakes & Ntozake Shange's Betsey Brown 33
Ch. 4. "I wanna do it again" : rejuvenation through music in Walter Mosley's RL's dream & Bebe Moore Campbell's Singing in the comeback choir 53
Pt. III. "It launches our vision by way of our ears"
Ch. 5. "My feeling ways" : the blues woman as representative figure in Gayl Jones's Corregidora, Toni Cade Bambara's "Witchbird" & Alice Walker's The color purple 77
Ch. 6. "Every tune does tell a story" : jazz as creative model in Xam Cartier's Muse-echo blues & Nathaniel Mackey's Bedouin hornbook, Djbot Baghostus's run & Atet A.D. 99
Pt. IV. "Where out of your life did it come from?"
Ch. 7. "They want what you got but they don't want you" : black music & white America in Toni Morrison's Jazz & Alice Walker's "Nineteen fifty-five" 127
Ch. 8. "The goddamnedest world-beatingest American" : the blues hero in Albert Murray's Train whistle guitar, The spyglass tree, The seven league boots, & The magic keys 143
Ch. 9. "Everybody joining in now -- all the voices" : music, communal language, and identity in John Edgar Wideman's The Homewood trilogy 159
Coda: "As necessary, as natural as a heartbeat" 185
Added Titles: Cataliotti, Robert H., 1955- Music in African American fiction
Notes: LCCN: 2006101458
ISBN: 9780820488509 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 082048850X (pbk. : alk. paper)
Continues: The music in African American fiction, 1995
Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-214) and index
Includes discography: p. [215]-252
OCLC Number: 77004260
ISBN/ISSN: 9780820488509