The cultural politics of slam poetry : race, identity, and the performance of popular verse in America / Susan B.A. Somers-Willett

Author(s): Somers-Willett, Susan B. A., 1973-
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Subjects: Performance poetry--United States--History and criticism
American poetry--20th century--History and criticism
Race in literature
Identity (Psychology) in literature
Oral interpretation of poetry
Poetry slams--United States--History
Poetry--Political aspects--United States
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2009
LC Classification: P, PN
Physical Description: xi, 191 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Table of Contents: Introduction. Slam and the Search for Poetry's Great Audience 1
Ch. 1. On Page and Stage: Slam Poetry as a Genre 16
Ch. 2. Poetry and the People: The Cultural Tensions of American Popular Verse in Performance 39
Ch. 3. I Sing the Body Authentic: Slam Poetry and the Cultural Politics of Performing Identity 68
Ch. 4. "Commercial Niggas Like Me": Spoken Word Poetry, Hip-Hop, and the Racial Politics of Going Mainstream 96
Epilogue: "Designs for Living"-Notes on the Future of Slam Poetry 134
Document 1: The Official Rules of National Poetry Slam Competition 141
Document 2: The Official National Poetry Slam "Emcee Spiel" 149
Document 3: The Official National Poetry Slam Instructions for Judges 150
Bibliography 169
Index 179
Notes: LCCN: 2009004564
ISBN: 9780472070596 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0472070592 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780472050598 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0472050591 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-178) and index
Contents: Introduction: slam and the search for poetry's great audience -- On page and stage: slam poetry as a genre -- Poetry and the people: the cultural tensions of American popular verse in performance -- I sing the body authentic: slam poetry and the cultural politics of performing identity -- "Commercial niggas like me": spoken word poetry, hip-hop, and the racial politics of going mainstream
OCLC Number: 306798187
ISBN/ISSN: 9780472070596