"Trying to blow all life through a brass trombone": Ralph Ellison preachesthe blues

Authors
Citation
Rg. O'Meally, "Trying to blow all life through a brass trombone": Ralph Ellison preachesthe blues, J RELIG H, 40(1), 2001, pp. 15-37
Citations number
23
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science","Religion & Tehology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF RELIGION & HEALTH
ISSN journal
0022-4197 → ACNP
Volume
40
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
15 - 37
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-4197(200121)40:1<15:"TBALT>2.0.ZU;2-C
Abstract
Not only does Ralph Ellison's writing reflect his background as a musician who played European classics and Southwestern blues-based jazz, and whose f iction reflect the aesthetics of these worlds, but also his work reveals a vital connection to religion. It is O'Meallys contention that Ellison viewe d the Negro spiritual and sermon, with their frequent namings of the troubl es of the world, as never more than two steps from the blues-Ellsion's mode l and metaphor for American culture. Ellision blended the two forms in an a esthetic and philosophy of transcendence that needed both to ring true. The spiritual dimension that always underlies his project as a writer is explo red and developed.