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Redling, Erik

Translating Jazz Into Poetry

From Mimesis to Metaphor

Series:Buchreihe der Anglia / Anglia Book Series 42

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    February 2017
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    • explores the fascinating relationship between jazz music and writing
    • challenges the traditional mimetic approach to intermediality
    • promotes a conceptual metaphor model

    Aims and Scope

    The study develops a new theoretical approach to the relationship between two media (jazz music and writing) and demonstrates its explanatory power with the help of a rich sampling of jazz poems. Currently, the mimetic approach to intermediality (e.g., the notion that jazz poetry imitates jazz music) still dominates the field of criticism. This book challenges that interpretive approach. It demonstrates that a mimetic view of jazz poetry hinders readers from perceiving the metaphoric ways poets rendered music in writing. Drawing on and extending recent cognitive metaphor theories (Lakoff, Johnson, Turner, Fauconnier), it promotes a conceptual metaphor model that allows readers to discover the innovative ways poets translate “melody,” “dynamics,” “tempo,” “mood,” and other musical elements into literal and figurative expressions that invite readers to imagine the music in their mind’s eye (i.e., their mind’s ear).


    ix, 309 pages
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    Intermediality; Cognitive Poetics; Jazz Music; American Literature

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    Erik Redling, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

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