Download e-book for iPad: An American Cakewalk: Ten Syncopators of the Modern World by Zeese Papanikolas

By Zeese Papanikolas

The profound financial and social adjustments within the post-Civil battle usa created new demanding situations to a country based on Enlightenment and transcendental values, spiritual certainties, and rural traditions. Newly-freed African americans, emboldened girls, intellectuals and artists,and a polyglot tide of immigrants came upon themselves in a stressed new international of railroads, factories, and skyscrapers the place previous assumptions have been being challenged and new values had but to be created. In An American Cakewalk: Ten Syncopators of the fashionable World, Zeese Papanikolas tells the vigorous and exciting tale of a various staff of figures within the arts and sciences who inhabited this new the USA.

Just as ragtime composers subverted musical expectancies through combining ecu march timing with African syncopation, so this book's protagonists—who diversity from Emily Dickinson to Thorstein Veblen and from Henry and William James to Charles Mingus—interrogated the fashionable American global via their very own "syncopations" of cultural givens. The previous antebellum slave dance, the cakewalk, with its parody of the manners and pretensions of the white parents within the substantial residence, offers a template of the way the tricksters, shamans, poets, philosophers, ragtime pianists, and jazz musicians who inhabit this booklet used the humanities of parody, satire, and conceal to subvert American cultural norms and to create new works of miraculous attractiveness and highbrow vigor.

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