Jazz et présence noire dans Banjo, roman de Claude McKay (1929)

Abstract : Written sources on the early manifestations of jazz in France traditionally document it as a music-hall, commercial form, through the lens of the literate Parisian elite imbued by racial, eurocentric stereotypes. During the roaring twenties, the French perception of jazz was informed by this primitivist reception. Banjo, a 1929 novel by Claude McKay, the Jamaican writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance, proposes a rather different vision of the meaning of jazz, based on the everyday life of the Marseille-based Black vagabond community in the mid-twenties. Tracking the importance of music in the economy of the novel, this paper aims to demonstrate that jazz was from its beginning a powerful tool to construct an international diasporic Black identity, consciously opposed to Western society's mainstream values, and not only a foil to European primitivist racial stereotypes.
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Emmanuel Parent. Jazz et présence noire dans Banjo, roman de Claude McKay (1929). Epistrophy, 2018, 2018-07-02, 3. ⟨hal-02395780⟩

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