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ENGL 4447 The Poetics of Rap (Spring: 3 )


Course Description


Instructor(s): Allison Adair

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course investigates the relationships between rap and traditional poetry, not only in terms of their historical and cultural significance but also for their aesthetic value, as art forms involved in storytelling, music, and performance. Close analysis of poetry from oral and written traditions will offer new insight into rap’s dominant—and divisive—issues: free speech, consumerism, criminality, urban identity, regionalism, intellectual property, and the politics of race, gender, and sexuality. Readings include Tricia Rose’s Black Noise and The Hip Hop Wars, Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, and Adam Bradley’s Book of Rhymes, among others. No experience necessary.


Last Updated: 21-Feb-17