"My Music is Words" -- The Poetics of Sun Ra

dc.contributor.authorBowles, Nathaniel Earlen
dc.contributor.committeechairSiegle, Robert B.en
dc.contributor.committeememberHeilker, Paul V.en
dc.contributor.committeememberColaianne, Anthony J.en
dc.contributor.departmentEnglishen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:34:35Zen
dc.date.adate2008-05-14en
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:34:35Zen
dc.date.issued2008-04-17en
dc.date.rdate2008-05-14en
dc.date.sdate2008-04-29en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis argues for a critical examination of the published writings of Le Sony'r Ra, also known as Sun Ra, a groundbreaking jazz musician and philosopher of the 20th century. Recent redistribution of Sun Ra's musical output, which includes hundreds of releases on many record labels from the 1950's onward, has prompted a critical renaissance towards his influence on jazz orchestration, band management, do-it-yourself ethics, and structured improvisation In spite of this resurgence of interest in his music, his written corpus has failed to produce a comparable level of criticism or discussion. It is my firm belief that it is the body of work's relative scarcity in print, not its value as literature, that has kept the material underground for such a lengthy period of time. With the recent republication of Sun Ra's daunting body of poetry and prose, the discovery of early manuscripts, and the surfacing of relevant critical essays, the time has come to analyze his poetic position within the context of African-American philosophical thought.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
dc.identifier.otheretd-04292008-173116en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04292008-173116/en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32031en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartmymusiciswords.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectEl Saturn recordsen
dc.subjectBible scholarshipen
dc.subjectSun Raen
dc.subjectpoetryen
dc.subjectjazzen
dc.subjectAfro-futurismen
dc.subjectouter spaceen
dc.subjectEgypten
dc.title"My Music is Words" -- The Poetics of Sun Raen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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