The Songs Became the Stories

The Music in African-American Fiction, 1970–2005

by Robert H. Cataliotti (Author)
©2007 Textbook XVIII, 257 Pages


The Songs Became the Stories: The Music in African-American Fiction, 1970–2005 is a sequel to The Music in African-American Fiction, which traced the representation of music in fiction from its mid-nineteenth-century roots in slave narratives through the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. The Songs Became the Stories continues the historical, critical and musicological analyses of the first book through an examination of many of the major figures in African-American fiction over the past thirty-five years, including Ishmael Reed, Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, Nathaniel Mackey, Alice Walker, Albert Murray and John Edgar Wideman. The volume also includes an extensive annotated discography and excerpts from first-hand interviews with major African-American musical artists.


XVIII, 257
ISBN (Softcover)
USA Literatur Musik (Motiv) Schwarze Geschichte 1970-2005 African American literature Fiction Blues Jazz Gospel African American music Spiritual
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. XVIII, 257 pp.

Biographical notes

Robert H. Cataliotti (Author)

The Author: Robert H. Cataliotti is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Coppin State University in Baltimore, where he teaches American and African-American literature. He is the author of The Music in African-American Fiction (1995). As a music critic/historian, he was the recipient of a 1983 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and is the producer and annotator of the Smithsonian Folkways compact discs «Every Tone a Testimony: An African-American Aural History» (2001) and «On My Journey: Paul Robeson’s Independent Recordings» (2007). He also is the producer and annotator of the compact disc that accompanies Call & Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition (1998).


Title: The Songs Became the Stories