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WHY SCATTING IS LIKE SPEAKING IN TONGUES: POST-MODERN REFLECTIONS ON JAZZ, PENTECOSTALISM AND ‘AFRICOSMYSTICISM’

Stephen J Casmier and Donald H Matthews

in Literature and Theology

Volume 13, issue 2, pages 166-176
Published in print June 1999 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 1999 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/13.2.166
WHY SCATTING IS LIKE SPEAKING IN TONGUES: POST-MODERN REFLECTIONS ON JAZZ, PENTECOSTALISM AND ‘AFRICOSMYSTICISM’

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This essay considers the relationship between two areas of African American cultural expression music and religion. It posits that they are joined by an African aesthetic that is best termed ‘non-mimetic’. This non-mimetic discourse is understood by modern critical theory as a post-modern sensibility which emphasises the creative, spontaneous, abstract and mystical dimensions of human consciousness. The authors use examples from modern jazz (bebop artists) and pentecostalism (glossolalia) to carry the argument that African American culture was particularly sensitive to the transformation from the modern to the post-modern era.

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