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Michael Borshuk

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Associate Professor

Ph.D. Alberta
Office:
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Email:michael.borshuk@ttu.edu
Website:http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/borshuk

Specializing in African American literature and cultural studies, Borshuk is the author of Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature (Routledge, 2006), which won the Texas Tech President's Book Award in 2008, and various essays and encyclopedia entries on African American literature, music, and American modernism.  His current book project is Ugly Beauty: Jazz Performance and Visual Culture.  As well, for ten years, from 1999 to 2009, he wrote on jazz regularly for Coda magazine.

Book
Edited Journal Issue
Articles and Book Chapters
Edited Journal Issues
Review Articles
Book Reviews
Short Articles and Notes
Encyclopedia Entries
Interviews
Music Reviews
Creative Publications
Presentations
Awards

Swinging the Vernacular


Book

  • Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature.  New York: Routledge, 2006.
    Review

 

Edited Journal Issue

  • Scripting Urban Culture II. Studies in the Literary Imagination, 41.1 (2009). Edited with R. Brazeau.

 

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "True Tales and 8 Mile Memoirs: Exploring the Imaginary City of Detroit". Studies in the Literary Imagination, 41 (2009), 107-134.
  • "True Tales and 8 Mile Memoirs: Exploring the Imaginary City of Detroit." Studies in the Literary Imagination 41.1 (2008): 107-34.
  • "'So Black, So Blue': Ralph Ellison, Louis Armstrong and the Bebop Aesthetic." Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture. Special Issue: "Blue Notes: Toward a New Jazz Discourse." 37.2 (2004): 261-84.
  • "A Synthesis of Racial Caress: Hybrid Modernism in the Jazz Poetry of William Carlos Williams and Mina Loy." Rigor of Beauty: Essays in Commemoration of William Carlos Williams. Ed. Ian D. Copestake. Bern: Peter Lang AG, 2004. 255-71.
  • "Queen of the Colonial Exposition: Josephine Baker's Strategic Performance." Critical Voicings of Black Liberation: Resistance and Representation in the Americas. Eds. Kimberley L. Phillips, Hermine Pinson, Lorenzo Thomas and Hanna Wallinger. Forum for European Contributions to African American Studies. Volume 11. Munster, Germany: LIT, 2003. 47-65.
  • "Noisy Modernism: The Cultural Politics of Langston Hughes's Early Jazz Poetry." Langston Hughes Review. 17.1-2 (2002): 4-22.
  • "An Intelligence of the Body: Disruptive Parody through Dance in the Early Performances of Josephine Baker." EmBODYing Liberation: The Black Body in American Dance. Eds. Alison Goeller and Dorothea Fischer-Hornung. Forum for European Contributions to African American Studies. Volume 4. Munster, Germany: LIT, 2001. 41-58.

 

Edited Journal Issues

  • With Robert Brazeau. “Scripting Urban Culture.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 41.1. Spring 2008.

 

Review Articles

  • "Marsalis Musics." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music November/December 2006: 32.
  • "Valid Records: Capturing a Moment in New Orleans." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music July/August 2005: 33.
  • "Oscar Peterson's A Night in Vienna." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music January/February 2005: 24.
  • "Oscar Peterson on Pablo." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music May/June 2004: 17-19.
  • "Claimed by Music: Notes on Ralph Ellison's Jazz Writings." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2003: 12-13.
  • "Parlan's Return Engagement: Notes on the Complete Blue Note Horace Parlan Recordings." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music May/June 2001: 24-26.
  • "The State of The Piano." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music July/August 1999: 22-24.

 

Book Reviews

  • Rev. of Cross Rhythms: Jazz Aesthetics in African-American Literature by Keren Omry and Writing the Future of Black America: Literature of the Hip-Hop Generation by Daniel Grassian. Durham, NC: American Literature. 82 (2010), 855-57.
  • Rev. of The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation and Communities in Dialogue, edited by Daniel Fischlin and Ajay Heble. ESC: English Studies in Canada. 31.2-3 (2005): 349-52.
  • Rev. of Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems by Michael S. Harper. H-PCAACA: H-Net Reviews. November, 2000.
  • Rev. of Tadd: The Life and Legacy of Tadley Ewing Dameron by Ian MacDonald. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2000: 40.
  • Rev. of How My Heart Sings, by Peter Pettinger. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 1999: 15.
  • Rev. of The Progress of an Object in Motion by Curtis Gillespie. Other Voices 11.1 (Spring 1998): 105-7.

 

Short Articles and Notes

  • "OP's Thriller of a Soundtrack: The Silent Partner (1978)."  Coda Magazine  March/April 2008: 12.
  • 'Viva Italia!': Jazz in Films by Italian Directors of the 1960s."  Coda Magazine January/February 2008: 12.
  • Sun Ra in Space is the Place."  Coda Magazine November/December 2007: 14.
  • "Heard and Seen: Wynton Marsalis with the LCJO and Odadaa!" Coda Magazine November/December 2007: 16.
  • "Kansas City and American Theatricality." Coda Magazine Sept/Oct 2007: 8.
  • "John Cassavetes's Shadows: Blending Improvisation and Composition." Coda Magazine May/June 2007: 10.
  • "Mysterioso Marketing." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2006: 12.
  • "Whither Eclecticism?" Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music July/August 2006: 8.
  • "Good Night, and Good Jazz: Jazz in George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music January/February 2006: 9.
  • "The Spread of Jazz-and-Literature Resources on the World Wide Web." Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature 1.2 (Summer 1997): 41-7.

 

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Romare Bearden." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Ed. Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey, Jr. 5 vols. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005. 102-03.
  • "Detroit, Michigan." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Ed. Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey, Jr. 5 vols. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005. 417-21.
  • "Jazz." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Ed. Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey, Jr. 5 vols. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005. 844-49.
  • "Albert Murray." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Ed. Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey, Jr. 5 vols. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2005. 1141-43.
  • "Not Without Laughter." Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. Ed. Cary Wintz and Paul Finkelman. 2 vols. New York: Routledge, 2004. 917-18.
  • "Shuffle Along." Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. Ed. Cary Wintz and Paul Finkelman. New York: Routledge, 2004. 1108-10.
  • "The Weary Blues." Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. Ed. Cary Wintz and Paul Finkelman. New York: Routledge, 2004. 1244-46.

 

Interviews

  • "Texas Tenor Quamon Fowler."  Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music  May/June 2005: 7.
  • "Transcending Categorical Boundaries: A Profile of Violist Tanya Kalmanovitch."  Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2004: 8-9, 38.

 

Music Reviews

  • Rev. of Spirit of the Moment by Michel Camilo. Coda Magazine September/October 2007: 29.
  • Rev. of Trio by Rob Wagner/Hamid Drake/Nobu Ozaki. Coda Magazine July/August 2007: 34-5.
  • Rev. of Serenity Song by D.D. Jackson. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2006: 28.
  • Rev. of Double Exposure by Cecil Brooks III and Gene Ludwig. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music July/August 2006: 34-35.
  • Rev. of Viaticum by Esbjorn Svensson. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music July/August 2006: 30-31.
  • Rev. of Keep It Simple by Curtis Fuller. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2006: 25.
  • Rev. of Lost Children by Rob Wagner. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2006: 26.
  • Rev. of SFJazz Collective by SFJazz Collective. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music January/February 2006: 31-32.
  • Rev. of Channel Three by Greg Osby. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music January/February 2006: 29.
  • Rev. of Without a Song (The 9/11 Concert) by Sonny Rollins. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music November/December 2005: 24.
  • Rev. of Overtime by Dave Holland. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2005: 35.
  • Rev. of That's What I Say by John Scofield. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2005: 32.
  • Rev. of Jon Easton with Don Messina and Bill Chattin by Jon Easton. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2005: 30-31.
  • Rev. of Same Mother by Jason Moran. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music July/August 2005: 26.
  • Rev. of The Big Band Project by Gebhard Ullman. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music July/August 2005: 28.
  • Rev. of One More: The Music of Thad Jones by Various Artists. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music July/August 2005: 31.
  • Rev. of Anything Goes by Brad Mehldau. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music January/February 2005: 31.
  • Rev. of Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge by James Carter. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music January/February 2005: 27.
  • Rev. of You and the Night and the Music by Alan Broadbent. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music November/December 2004: 28.
  • Rev. of Playground by Russell Malone. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music November/December 2004: 34.
  • Rev. of No Escape by Ramon Valle. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music November/December 2004: 36.
  • Rev. of The Magic Hour by Wynton Marsalis. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2004: 32.
  • Rev. of Gardenias for Lady Day by James Carter. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music July/August 2004: 29.
  • Rev. of All Alone by Jessica Williams. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music January/February 2004: 35.
  • Rev. of Paganini: After a Dream by Regina Carter. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2003: 26.
  • Rev. of Jazz at the Bistro by Benny Green and Russell Malone. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2003: 27.
  • Rev. of Live at the Village Vanguard by Fred Hersch. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2003: 28.
  • Rev. of The Next Step by The Jazz Tribe. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2003: 28-9.
  • Rev. of For the Record by Kieran Overs. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2003: 32.
  • Rev. of Smile by Jacky Terrasson. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2003: 34.
  • Rev. of Live at the Village Vanguard by Tom Harrell. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2003: 21-2.
  • Rev. of Ukrainianism by John Stetch. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2003: 28.
  • Rev. of Tenderly by Oscar Peterson. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2003: 31-2.
  • Rev. of Traveling Mercies by Chris Potter. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2003: 25.
  • Rev. of What Goes Around by Dave Holland. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2003: 22.
  • Rev. of American Dreams by Charlie Haden. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2003: 20-1.
  • Rev. of Always Let Me Go by Keith Jarrett. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2003: 22-3.
  • Rev. of Footsteps of Our Fathers by Branford Marsalis. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music November/December 2002: 34.
  • Rev. of Footprints Live! by Wayne Shorter. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2002: 32.
  • Rev. of All' Alba by Francois Carrier. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2002: 25-6.
  • Rev. of Dedications by Guido Basso and Dave Turner. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2002: 24.
  • Rev. of Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall by Herbie Hancock. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2002: 28.
  • Rev. of Steppenwolf by World Saxophone Quartet. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music. September/October 2002: 33-4.
  • Rev. of Dear Louis by Nicholas Payton. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music. March/April 2002: 33.
  • Rev. of Freefall by Kenny Barron and Regina Carter. Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music. December 2001/January 2002: 41-2.
  • "Versatility and Autonomy on Eighty-Eight Keys: New Jazz Piano in Review." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2001: 32-4.
  • "Sights and Sounds North of the 49th Parallel: Canadian Jazz Piano on Video (Part II)." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music September/October 2000: 8-9.
  • "Sights and Sounds North of the 49th Parallel: Canadian Jazz Piano on Video (Part I)." Coda Magazine: The Journal of Jazz and Improvised Music March/April 2000: 9.

 

Creative Publications

  • "Nights in Radio."  Short Story 16.1 (2008): 22-30.
  • "The Old Neighborhood."  Elysian Fields Quarterly.  23.4 (2006): 86-94.
  • "Browner's Dive."  Dalhousie Review 84.1 (2004): 19-28.
  • “The Pugilists.” Antigonish Review 128 (2002): 45-55.

 

Awards

Research

  • Research Enrichment Fund Grant (Competitive Developmental Grant), Vice President for Research Office, Texas Tech University, 2007.
  • Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant (Competitive Developmental Grant), College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, 2005.
  • Research Enhancement Fund Grant (Competitive Developmental Grant), College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, 2005.

Awards

  • President's Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011
  • President's Book Award, Texas Tech University for Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature (Routledge, 2006), 2008.