Gettin' Around

Jazz, Script, Transnationalism

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Pages: 200

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Hardcover

Pub Date: 12/15/2018

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5435-4

List Price: $54.95

eBook

Pub Date: 12/15/2018

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5434-7

List Price: $54.95

Gettin' Around

Jazz, Script, Transnationalism

A close listen to the ways jazz can inform critical practice in cultural studies

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Gettin' Around examines how the global jazz aesthetic strives, in various ways, toward an imaginative reconfiguration of a humanity that transcends entrenched borders of ethnicity and nationhood, while at the same time remaining keenly aware of the exigencies of history. Jürgen E. Grandt deliberately refrains from a narrow, empirical definition of jazz or of transnationalism and, true to the jazz aesthetic itself, opts for a broader, more inclusive scope, even as he listens carefully and closely to jazz's variegated soundtrack. Such an approach seeks not only to avoid the museal whiff of a "golden age, time past" but also to broaden the appeal and the applicability of the overall critical argument.

For Grandt, "international" simply designates currents of people, ideas, and goods between distinct geopolitical entities or nation-states, whereas "transnational" refers to liminal dynamics that transcend preordained borderlines occurring above, below, beside, or along the outer contours of nation-states. Gettin' Around offers a long overdue consideration of the ways in which jazz music can inform critical practice in the field of transnational (American) studies and grounds these studies in specifically African American cultural contexts.

About the Author/Editor

JÜRGEN E. GRANDT has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in African American studies and American studies in both Europe and the United States. He is an associate professor of English at the University of North Georgia, and is the author of two acclaimed critical monographs, Kinds of Blue: The Jazz Aesthetic in African American Narrative and Shaping Words to Fit the Soul: The Southern Ritual Grounds of Afro-modernism, as well as numerous articles.