Black Orpheus: Music in African American Fiction from the by Saadi A. Simawe

By Saadi A. Simawe

The mythical Greek determine Orpheus was once acknowledged to have possessed magical powers able to relocating all residing and inanimate issues during the sound of his lyre and voice. over the years, the Orphic subject has come to point the facility of tune to unsettle, subvert, and finally deliver down oppressive realities which will unencumber the soul and extend human existence with out limits. The releasing influence of tune has been a very very important subject in twentieth-century African American literature.


The 9 unique essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic subject within the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors mentioned during this quantity depict song as a magical, shamanistic, and non secular energy that may miraculously rework the realities of the soul and of the area. the following, the musician makes use of his or her song as a weapon to safeguard and shield his or her spirituality. Written by way of students of English, track, women’s reviews, American reviews, cultural conception, and black and Africana experiences, the essays during this interdisciplinary assortment eventually discover the thematic, linguistic structural presence of song in twentieth-century African American fiction.

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