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The National Art of Signifyin(G):: Nicolás Guillén and Lydia Cabrera

Nicolás Guillén and Lydia Cabrera

in Racial Experiments in Cuban Literature and Ethnography

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780813037479
eISBN:
9780813042329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037479.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter examines how race is explored rhetorically and structurally in the short stories of Lydia Cabrera and the Afro-Antillean poems of Nicolás Guillén. Building on Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s ... More


African-American Modernism, Signifyin(g), and Black Music

Samuel A. Floyd

in The Power of Black Music: Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195109757
eISBN:
9780199853243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109757.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses African American Modernism, Signifyin(g), and Black Music. Booker T. Washington's idea had raised opportunities among the black populace, perhaps even helping to bring about ... More


The Object of Call–Response: The Signifyin(g) Symbol

Samuel A. Floyd

in The Power of Black Music: Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195109757
eISBN:
9780199853243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109757.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter applies a theory of interpretation to works of music. Most of the works discussed are works of Call-Response, Signifyin(g) symbols. They are based on or refer to the essentials of Dance, ... More


Troping the Blues: From Spirituals to the Concert Hall

Samuel A. Floyd

in The Power of Black Music: Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195109757
eISBN:
9780199853243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109757.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

Throughout its history in the United States, black music has been through the repetition and revision of texts, through the interplay of black language and black music in a long chain of Signifyin(g) ... More


Work-in(g)-Practice: Configurations of the Popular Music lntertext

Richard Middleton

in The Musical Work: Reality or Invention?: Reality or Invention?

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238256
eISBN:
9781846313615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238256.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter argues that popular music culture is driven by practice rather than objects (that is, works). It emphasises the density and many-sidedness of the intertextual bonds between musical ... More


Signifyin(g) Black and White Speech in Zora Neale Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee

Stephanie Li

in Playing in the White: Black Writers, White Subjects

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199398881
eISBN:
9780199398904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199398881.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, African-American Literature

While critics have sought to pin down the nature of Hurston’s “black” and “white” voices, Seraph on the Suwannee does not establish clear connections between the racial identity of its characters and ... More


Troublesome Recordings: Jazz Styles, Masks, and Race

George Burrows

in The Recordings of Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780199335589
eISBN:
9780190948047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199335589.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter introduces Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy and establishes how their recordings represent a usefully troublesome body of work for illuminating prevailing conceptions of jazz that ... More


A Mellow Bit of Rhythm: Reconceiving Authenticity, 1957

George Burrows

in The Recordings of Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780199335589
eISBN:
9780190948047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199335589.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This concluding chapter considers the 1957 album, A Mellow Bit of Rhythm, as a Signifyin(g) form of musical recollection. It rounded off the recorded output of Kirk as a bandleader in a way that ... More


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