The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism
Though thought of as rivals, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and
Amiri Baraka shared a range of interests. Jazz, in particular, was
a decisive influence on their thinking. This title connects their
writings on jazz to the philosophical tradition of pragmatism,
particularly its support for more freedom for individuals and more
"This is an extraordinary book. Muyumba's pathbreaking account of Ellison, Baraka, and Baldwin's aesthetic theories and the connection between those theories and African American politics is creative and convincing." - Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Princeton University"
Walton M. Muyumba is associate professor of English at the University of North Texas.