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Rhythmic literacy: Poetry, reading and public voices in black Atlantic poetics

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Neigh,Janet (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2010
URL:
http://search.proquest.com/docview/610032254/fulltextPDF/A485F640E9404605PQ/2?accountid=14553
Published:
Pennsylvania: Temple University
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Jamaica, Blacks, Literature, African Americans, Poetry, Postcolonialism, HUGHES, Langston, 1902-1967, Gender studies, Black Atlantic, Rhythmic literacy, Bennett, Louise, 1919-2006
Notes:
205 p., Analyzes the poetry of the African American Langston Hughes and the Jamaican Louise Bennett during the 1940s. Through an examination of the unique similarities of their poetic projects, namely their engagement of performance to build their audiences, their experiments with poetic personae to represent vernacular social voices, their doubleness as national and transnational figures, their circulation of poetry in radio and print journalism and their use of poetry as pedagogy to promote reading, this dissertation establishes a new perspective on the role of poetry in decolonizing language practices. While Hughes and Bennett are often celebrated for their representation of oral language and folk culture, this project reframes these critical discussions by drawing attention to how they engage performance to foster an embodied form of reading that draws on Creole knowledge systems.