9780817313906

Emancipating Pragmatism : Emerson, Jazz, and Experimental Writing

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    9780817313906

  • ISBN10:

    0817313907

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr
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A daring and innovative study that rewrites the story of American pragmatism. Emancipating Pragmatismis a radical rereading of Emerson that posits African- American culture, literature, and jazz as the very continuation and embodiment of pragmatic thought and democratic tradition. It traces Emerson's philosophical legacy through the 19th and 20th centuries to discover how Emersonian thought continues to inform issues of race, aesthetics, and poetic discourse. Emerson's pragmatism derives from his abolitionism, Michael Magee argues, and any pragmatic thought that aspires toward democracy cannot ignore and must reckon with its racial roots. Magee looks at the ties between pragmatism and African-American culture as they manifest themselves in key texts and movements, such as William Carlos Williams's poetry; Ralph Ellison's discourse in Invisible Manand Juneteenthand his essays on jazz; the poetic works of Robert Creeley, Amiri Baraka, and Frank O'Hara; as well as the "new jazz" being forged at clubs like The Five Spot in New York. Ultimately, Magee calls into question traditional maps of pragmatist lineage and ties pragmatism to the avant-garde American tradition. Michael Mageeteaches at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Abbreviations xi
1. Toward a Theory of Democratic Symbolic Action 1(48)
2. The Motives of Emancipated Prose: Emerson and the Collaborating Reader 49(48)
3. Ralph Waldo's Blues, Take 2: Ellison's Changes 97(32)
4. Tribes of New York: Frank O'Hara, Amiri Baraka, and the Poetics of the Five Spot 129(47)
Epilogue 176(11)
Notes 187(48)
Index 235

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