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Walton Muyumba

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Walton Muyumba
BornUnited States
Occupationcritic, writer, professor
Genrecriticism, non-fiction, music criticism

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Walton Muyumba is an American writer, book critic, academic, and contributor to many notable periodicals, including The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Republic, Oxford American, and The Los Angeles Times.[1] He is an Associate Professor of American and African Diasporic Literature at Indiana University Bloomington, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle's Board of Directors.

Career[edit]

Muyumba's critical writing examines the influence of music on literary art. In his first book, The Shadow and The Act: Black Intellectual Performance, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism, he focused on jazz improvisation and pragmatist philosophy and their influences on the literary art of Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Amiri Baraka.[2] In a 2016 interview with Muyumba, Graham Oliver referred to The Shadow and the Act as a work that "brings together a lot of different narratives and histories that all speak to one another."[3]

As of 2016, he was at work on a book about John Edgar Wideman’s innovations in literary fiction and nonfiction. As of 2017, he was Assistant Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Indiana-Bloomington, and served as a judge for The Story Prize.[4] [5]

Selected Works[edit]

Books
  • The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Performance, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism, The University of Chicago Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0226554242 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
Selected Book Chapters
  • "Black and Blues Configurations: African American Poetics Since 1960." The Cambridge History of American Poetry, Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt, eds. (Cambridge University Press, October 2014)
  • "‘All safety is an illusion’: John Dewey, James Baldwin and the Democratic Practice of Public Critique." Trained Capacities: John Dewey, Rhetoric, and Democratic Practice, Brian Jackson and Gregory Clark, eds. (University of South Carolina Press, 2014)
Selected Essays and Reviews

References[edit]

  1. "The Authors Guild: Walton Muyumba". The Authors Guild. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ross, jon (27 November 2016). "Improvisation and Cross-Fading Culture". Opossum Lit. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ross, jon (27 November 2016). "Improvisation and Cross-Fading Culture". Opossum Lit. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. "Announcing The Story Prize Judges: Susan Minot, Walton Muyumba, and Stephanie Sendaula". The Story Prize: The Official Blog of The Story Prize. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. "The Story Prize 2017/18 Winners and Finalists". The Story Prize. Retrieved 6 November 2018.

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