Chapter 19. Jazz and African American Literature

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Keith D. Leonard Associate Professor Chair

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch19

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Leonard, K. D. (2010) Jazz and African American Literature, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch19

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. American University in Washington DC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474



  • jazz and African American literature;
  • African American music, jazz - used by African American writers and critics have to create the most empowering sensibility of African American literature;
  • Negro Music - significantly profound contribution to American culture by American Negroes;
  • hybrid, multifaceted, improvised communal expressive practice and ritual affirmation - narrating black subjectivity as flexible, self-created, and diversified improvisation;
  • ethos of existential emotional defiance of racist psychology and material deprivation - directly attributed to a sensibility characteristic of the blues by critics;
  • ragtime - a piano-driven New Orleans musical form


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography