Combined Academic Publishers

Sounding Off

9781439900314: Hardback
Release Date: 25th September 2009

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 256

Series African Soundscapes

Temple University Press

Sounding Off

Rhythm, Music, and Identity in West African and Caribbean Francophone Novels

Hardback / £43.00

A look at how West African and Caribbean Francophone writers use rhythm, music, and sound to create and negotiate identity


1. Rhythm and Transcultural Poetics 
Rhythm and Transculture 

2. Rhythm and Reappropriation in God’s Bits of Wood and The Suns of Independence 
Language and the Language of Music 
Rhythm and Reappropriation in the Novel 
Instrumentaliture at Work 
Rhythm and Transformation 
Ordinary and Extraordinary Rhythms

3. Rhythm, Music, and Identity in L’appel des arènes and Ti Jean L’horizon 
Rhythm, Music, Subjectivity, and the Novel 
Rhythm and Identity in L’appel des arènes 
Rhythm and Identity in Ti Jean L’horizon 
Rethinking Rootedness

4. Music and Mourning in Crossing the Mangrove and Solibo Magnificent 
Memory, Mourning, and Mosaic Identities 
Rhythm, Music, and Identity as Process 
The Sounds of Death and Mourning 
Configuring Rhythmic and Musically Mediated Identities

Concluding Remarks 
Works Cited 

Julie Huntington is an Assistant Professor of French at Marymount Manhattan College.

"Huntington’s emphasis on the interconnections of the related arts—music, poetry, fiction, oral tradition etc.—is one of the few to treat systematically, and in a sound, sophisticated theoretical and ethnographic framework, the important traits of African literary, oral and musical productions. Sounding Off will make a great contribution to the interdisciplinary study and thus provide a deeper understanding of musical and literary-artistic productions in African and diasporan communities." 
—Daniel Avorgbedor, Ohio State University, Columbus