Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
At Home in Our Sounds – Music, Race, and Cultural Politics in Interwar Paris - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

At Home in Our Sounds: Music, Race, and Cultural Politics in Interwar Paris

Rachel Anne Gillett


This book shows how and why music became part of the social changes Europe faced in the aftermath of World War I. It focuses on the story of Black music in Paris and the people who created it, enjoyed it, criticized it, and felt at home when they heard it. African Americans, French Antilleans, and French West Africans wrote, danced, sang, and acted politically in response to the heightened visibility of racial difference in Paris during this era. They were consumed with questions that continue to resonate today. Could one be Black and French? Was Black solidarity more important than national a ... More

Keywords: Black French Atlantic, interwar Paris, race, music, cultural politics, jazz, Nardal sisters, biguine, Josephine Baker, anti-colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190842703
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Anne Gillett, author
Assistant Professor in Cultural History, Utrecht University