Beyond romance

Rethinking time and narrative in jazz histories


  • Iván Iglesias University of Valladolid



jazz historiography, jazz history, narrative, time, romance


This article analyses narrative, time and causality in current general histories of jazz, in the context of the ontological turn in the field. It proposes that jazz studies should go beyond romance as the dominant historical emplotment, pluralize their narratives, and establish a new historiographical relationship to the past in order to produce a truly global, decentred and decolonized history of the genre. The article is divided in three sections, which successively explore historical narratives, representations of time and causality in the past, and some theoretical problems in global and local histories.

Author Biography

Iván Iglesias, University of Valladolid

Iván Iglesias is Associate Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies at the University of Valladolid, Spain, and has been Visiting Professor at the City University of New York, Freie Universität Berlin, Cardiff University, La Sapienza Università di Roma, and the University of La Habana. His first book, a history of jazz during the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime, published in Spanish, received the 2019 IASPM Book Prize and the UNE National Award for Best Book on Arts and Humanities.


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How to Cite

Iglesias, I. (2021). Beyond romance: Rethinking time and narrative in jazz histories. Jazz Research Journal, 14(1), 8–26.