9780472050598-0472050591-The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America (Anthropology series)

The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America (Anthropology series)

ISBN-13: 9780472050598
ISBN-10: 0472050591
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Susan B. A. Somers-Willett
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Format: Paperback 208 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780472050598
ISBN-10: 0472050591
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Susan B. A. Somers-Willett
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Format: Paperback 208 pages

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Acknowledged author Susan B. A. Somers-Willett wrote The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America (Anthropology series) comprising 208 pages back in 2009. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0472050591 and 9780472050598. Since then The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America (Anthropology series) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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"For a lucid and thorough 'real-world' analysis of the movement from the ground-up--including its history, aesthetics, and culture, there is surely no better place to start than Somers-Willett's trailblazing book."
--- Jerome Sala, Pleiades

"Finally, a clear, accurate, and thoroughly researched examination of slam poetry, a movement begun in 1984 by a mixed bag of nobody poets in Chicago. At conception, slam poetry espoused universal humanistic ideals and a broad spectrum of participants, and especially welcome is the book's analysis of how commercial marketing forces succeeded in narrowing public perception of slam to the factionalized politics of race and identity. The author's knowledge of American slam at the national level is solid and more authentic than many of the slammers who claim to be."
---Marc Kelly Smith, founder/creator of the International Poetry Slam movement

The cultural phenomenon known as slam poetry was born some twenty years ago in white working-class Chicago barrooms. Since then, the raucous competitions have spread internationally, launching a number of annual tournaments, inspiring a generation of young poets, and spawning a commercial empire in which poetry and hip-hop merge.

The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry is the first critical book to take an in-depth look at slam, shedding light on the relationships that slam poets build with their audiences through race and identity performance and revealing how poets come to celebrate (and at times exploit) the politics of difference in American culture.

With a special focus on African American poets, Susan B. A. Somers-Willett explores the pros and cons of identity representation in the commercial arena of spoken word poetry and, in doing so, situates slam within a history of verse performance, from blackface minstrelsy to Def Poetry. What's revealed is a race-based dynamic of authenticity lying at the heart of American culture. Rather than being mere reflections of culture, Somers-Willett argues, slams are culture---sites where identities and political values get publicly refigured and exchanged between poets and audiences.

Susan B. A. Somers-Willett is a decade-long veteran of slam and teaches creative writing and poetics as an Assistant Professor of English at Montclair State University. She is the author of two books of poetry, Quiver and Roam. Visit the author's website at: http://www.susansw.com/.

Photo by Jennifer Lacy.

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