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E Taylor Atkins

PRESIDENTIAL TEACHING PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED GLOBAL FACULTY, BAHÁ’Í INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION Research I specialize in the cultural history of modern Japan and Korea, but both my research and teaching interests extend well beyond those countries. Much of my previous work could be characterized as historical ethnomusicology, using music to understand cultures of the past. I am also interested in colonialism, public memorialization, nationalism, aesthetics, and transnational popular culture. Principal Publications: Primitive Selves: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-45

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Article: Rethinking Jazz Cultures

E. Taylor Atkins: Let's Call This... Our Jazz?

Read "E. Taylor Atkins: Let's Call This... Our Jazz?" reviewed by Ian Patterson


African-American vernacular or universal language? Symbol of freedom and equality, or one of nationalist ideals and bourgeois elitism? Folk music or high art? Jazz, since its earliest days, has represented many things to many people. For Professor E. Taylor Atkins, such binary ways of thinking rather over-simplify the arguments. Whereas an either or way of thinking ...


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