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E314J Final Presentation


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Final project presentation for Literature and Popular Music class over Jazz by Toni Morrison

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E314J Final Presentation

  1. 1. Dissection of Toni Morrison’s Jazz The importance of tracking and tracing By: Catherine Parsley
  2. 2. Tracking and Tracing in Jazz • Joe’s last name- Trace • Hunter’s Hunter- tracking in the country • Joe’s search for Dorcas- tracking in the city • Joe had to track Dorcas down but simply found Violet – Dorcas is like Wild- difference between country and city again
  3. 3. Beginnings • I first noticed the theme of tracking on page 130 in this passage: –Toni Morrison’s reading of Jazz Audio 1
  4. 4. Page 130 in Jazz Image 1
  5. 5. What I noticed • The first thing I noticed when I read this passage was the two different spellings of the same word – “hoofmarks” and “hoof marks” • Is there supposed to be this difference? • What does it mean? • Can these questions be answered using Morrison’s reading of Jazz?
  6. 6. Difference in sound “hoofmarks” “hoof marks” Do they sound different? Audio 2 Audio 3
  7. 7. Difference in looks “hoofmarks” “hoof marks” Do the audio waves look different? Image 2 Image 3
  8. 8. What’s the meaning? • I have concluded that the space has been put in for emphasis – Morrison doesn’t use other techniques for emphasis, and if the words are read differently, they mean slightly different things • It is hard to use the audio version as a measuring stick – It can be considered its own literary form and not a duplicate of the printed version – Vocal inflection can do the job for you when you are listening, but the text needs a different cue for when it is read silently • With the second use of the word, Morrison is stressing that Joe cannot live without the hoof marks because then he would not longer have a trail to keep him in check
  9. 9. The End
  10. 10. Sources used in the project Primary Sources • Morrison, Toni. Jazz. New York: Vintage, 2004. Print. • Image 1- photograph of page 130 in Toni Morrison’s Jazz. Taken by Catherine Parsley, 11-27-10. • Image 2- audio waves for “hoofmarks”. Taken from Audacity using a screen grab, 11-23-10. • Image 3- audio waves for “hoof marks”. Taken from Audacity using a screen grab, 11-23-10. • Audio 1- Toni Morrison reading Jazz, page 130. Edited from secondary source by Catherine Parsley, 11-11-10. • Audio 2- “hoofmarks”. Edited from secondary source by Catherine Parsley, 11-16-10. • Audio 3- “hoof marks”. Edited from secondary source by Catherine Parsley, 11-16-10. Secondary Sources • Morrison, Toni. Jazz. 1992. Read by Toni Morrison. Audiocassette. Random House, 1992.