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Some of These Days: Black Stars, Jazz Aesthetics, and Modernist Culture

James Donald


This book shows how interwar European audiences, artists, and intellectuals particularly associated with modernism, used Black American culture-for which “jazz” was often a shorthand-to negotiate the disorientating experience of modernity and modernization. One manifestation of this process was the fashionable Negrophilia of the 1920s, the decade in which the two most successful Black American stars of their era first made their names: the dancer Josephine Baker and the singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson. The book is threaded around their careers, their travels, and their relationships. ... More

Keywords: Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, jazz, stardom, race, modernism, home

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199354016
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Donald, author
The University of New South Wales, Professor of Film Studies