Le Jazz

Jazz and French Cultural Identity
Author: Matthew F. Jordan
How the public debate on jazz shaped French identity
Cloth – $125
Paper – $27
eBook – $19.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 05/03/2010
Cloth: 05/03/2010
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About the Book

In Le Jazz: Jazz and French Cultural Identity, Matthew F. Jordan deftly blends textual analysis, critical theory, and cultural history in a wide-ranging and highly readable account of how jazz progressed from a foreign cultural innovation met with resistance by French traditionalists to a naturalized component of the country's identity. Jordan draws on sources including ephemeral critical writing in the press and twentieth-century French literature to trace the country's reception of jazz, from the Cakewalk dance craze and the music's significance as a harbinger of cultural recovery after World War II, to its place within French ethnography and cultural hybridity. Le Jazz speaks to the power of enlivened debate about popular culture, art, and expression as the means for constructing a vibrant cultural identity, revealing crucial keys to understanding how the French have come to see themselves in the postwar world.

About the Author

Matthew F. Jordan is an assistant professor of film, video, and media studies at Pennsylvania State University.


"A fascinating book."--All-About-Jazz


"This illuminating study of cultural discourses on jazz makes an original contribution to French popular music studies. Jordan scrutinizes an impressively wide range of texts, with perceptive and astute analyses."--David Looseley, author of Popular Music in Contemporary France: Authenticity, Politics, Debate