Performance, vernacular culture, & feminist poetries: This week in A Social History of Spoken Word Poetry
As an inveterate reviser (writing is never done, it's just due), I'm not surprised as I go through a semester and start seeing all sorts of other choices I could have made in designing a course, in selecting topics and readings and emphases and activities and assignments. It happens whether I create a new syllabus in one stressful week or ruminate for months, jotting notes in excited bursts of inspiration and pulling it all together in measured sessions full of careful thought.
I don't always remember to document these alternative ideas when they occur, which means I'm not always refining and revising course plans as fruitfully as I might. As an aid to my own distracted memory, then, please enjoy the first installment of a new sometimes-series I'm thinking of as "other courses, other texts."
This post features 2 books we're reading for the Spring 2018 graduate seminar "A Social History of Spoken Word Poetry," and an increasing number of books that come to mind as I prepare for our conversation tomorrow. Note: Diana Taylor, author of 2 of the "other texts" below, is a scholar I've mentioned several times in class as we discuss the challenges of generating thick-enough (to paraphrase Geertz) description/representation of performance events to be able to describe and analyze them usefully in our research.
Current Course Readings
Resources: Black Vernacular Verbal Performance
Diana Taylor, 2016, Duke UP
Prophets of the Hood:
Politics & Poetics in Hip-Hop
Imani Perry, 2004, Duke UP
The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas
Diana Taylor, Duke UP, 2003
After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement
Cheryl Clarke, Rutgers UP, 2004
Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America
Geneva Smitherman, Wayne State UP, 1977
Some Well-Known Black Proverbs and Sayings
Get Down Exercise On Black English Sounds
Black Semantics: A Selected Glossary
Love & Theft
Eric Lott, Oxford UP, 1983
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Gloria Anzaldua, Aunt Lute Press, 1987
Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts
James Scott, Yale UP, 1992
More on Spanglish...
A Hidden History of Spanglish in California
An episode of the podcast The World in Words from PRI (Public Radio International).
The Games Black Girls Play.
Kyra Gaunt, NYU Press, 2006
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