Kyle DeCoste deposited The “Pre-Postmodern” Ethnomusicology of Zora Neale Hurston on Humanities Commons 1 year, 7 months ago
Following the reclamatory work of Black feminist scholars in anthropology and folklore, this brief article reimagines Zora Neale Hurston’s work as presaging the postmodern turn in ethnomusicology before pointing to the lessons we can learn form Hurston’s example in ethnomusicology today.
Kyle DeCoste deposited Music All Up and Down the Street: Listening to Childhood in James Baldwin’s Little Man, Little Man on Humanities Commons 2 years, 11 months ago
This article takes James Baldwin’s only children’s book, Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood, as a starting point to explore his theorizations of music, affect, and childhood. Based loosely on the lives of his nephew and niece as well as his own memories of childhood, the book follows children protagonists and friends TJ, WT, and Bli…[Read more]
Kyle DeCoste deposited Street Queens: New Orleans Brass Bands and the Problem of Intersectionality on Humanities Commons 2 years, 11 months ago
The members of the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band contest the male domination of the New Orleans brass band scene. Playing music on male-gendered instruments, they queer the normative relationship between instruments and musicians and carve out a space for female musicianship. This essay deconstructs their songs and performance decisions…[Read more]