By Zeese Papanikolas
Just as ragtime composers subverted musical expectancies by means of combining ecu march timing with African syncopation, so this book's protagonists—who variety 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 The outdated antebellum slave dance, the cakewalk, with its parody of the manners and pretensions of the white parents within the significant condo, presents a template of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 cover to subvert American cultural norms and to create new works of remarkable attractiveness and highbrow vigor.
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