Duke UP series

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Improvisation and Social Aesthetics

Edited by Georgina Born, Eric Lewis, and Will Straw, this new volume addresses a wide range of improvised art and music forms in order to locate improvisation as a key site of mediation between the social and the aesthetic.

Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity

Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity explores how subjectivity is formed and expressed through musical improvisation, tracing the ways the transmission and reception of sound occur within and between bodies in real and virtual time and across memory, history, and space. Essays include analyses of the role of the body and technology in performance and improvisation’s ability to disrupt power relations. The contributors’ close attention to improvisation provides a touchstone for examining subjectivities and offers ways to hear the full spectrum of ideas that sound out from and resonate within and across bodies.

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation

The second book to launch in the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series with Duke University Press is the co-authored volume, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation, by Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, and George Lipsitz. The book proposes the vital argument “not only that improvisation and rights can be…

People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now!

The first book to launch in the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series with Duke University Press, Ajay Heble and Rob Wallace‘s coedited collection, People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now!, is “something of an attempt to correct the historical record, and … an intervention into current debates both about where the music…