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Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity

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Description for Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity Paperback. Cultural study of the effects of sound technologies--from the phonograph to the Walkman--on African American literature, art, and music in the twentieth century Num Pages: 304 pages. BIC Classification: 1H; 1KBB; AVG; JFC; JHMC. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 232 x 140 x 19. Weight in Grams: 428.
Phonographies explores the numerous links and relays between twentieth-century black cultural production and sound technologies from the phonograph to the Walkman. Highlighting how black authors, filmmakers, and musicians have actively engaged with recorded sound in their work, Alexander G. Weheliye contends that the interplay between sound technologies and black music and speech enabled the emergence of modern black culture, of what he terms “sonic Afro-modernity.” He shows that by separating music and speech from their human sources, sound-recording technologies beginning with the phonograph generated new modes of thinking, being, and becoming. Black artists used these new possibilities to revamp key ... Read more

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Duke University Press United States
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About Alexander Ghedi Weheliye
Alexander G. Weheliye is Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University.

Reviews for Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity
“Phonographies is extraordinary. Its acute, brilliant, and unprecedented attention to technology and its relation to music, literature, and Afro-diasporic subjectivity and citizenship make it one of the most important and significant contributions to black studies, cultural studies, and aesthetic theory in the last ten years. Phonographies demands, and will abundantly repay, the careful attention of its readers and listeners.”—Fred Moten, ... Read more

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