The Jazz Trope: A Theory of African American Literary and Vernacular Culture

Alfonso W. Hawkins Jr.

The Jazz Trope looks at the African American lifestyle through the lens of jazz, blues, and spirituals and pays homage to the pioneering efforts of Albert Murray, Ralph Ellison, Houston Baker, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ishmael Reed, Amiri Baraka, and other notable scholars who have related music to African American life and culture.

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