The Difficulties of Questioning My Assumptions: An Exploration of Genre, Form, Race, Culture, Authenticity, and Signifyin(g) in Slam Poetry

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Title: The Difficulties of Questioning My Assumptions: An Exploration of Genre, Form, Race, Culture, Authenticity, and Signifyin(g) in Slam Poetry
Author: Samors, Joshua
Advisor: Beard, Linda-Susan
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: In this essay, I begin with what I thought was a simple thesis statement, and investigate my assumptions about race, culture, and identity in the context of slam poetry. I engage critically with slam poetry as a genre and as a cultural event, while probing my assumptions with a combination of psychology and literary theory. In the end, I realize that my original goal was impossible given the language I was operating in, and posit that a new language is needed to explore these complex issues.
Subject: Literary form
Subject: Poetry slams
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7394

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Samors, Joshua. "The Difficulties of Questioning My Assumptions: An Exploration of Genre, Form, Race, Culture, Authenticity, and Signifyin(g) in Slam Poetry". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7394.

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