One Love : Collective Consciousness in Rap and Poetry of the Hip-Hop Generation
Hart, Austin Harold
This study aims to offer an understanding of hip-hop culture through which three concepts are elucidated: (1) the existence and dimensions of a collective consciousness within rap and poetry of the hip-hop generation (Allison Joseph, A. Van Jordan, Terrance Hayes, Major Jackson, Taylor Mali, and Kevin Coval); (2) a poetics of rap--to parallel the influence seen/suggested among the selected poets; and (3) an analysis of the manner(s) in which the poetry of these more serious, academic artists reflects an influence of hip-hop culture. My thesis suggests that these poets are indeed influenced by the culture in which they grew up, and in their verse, this influence can be seen through linguistic playfulness, sonic density, layered meaning and usage through form and content, and the connection to a larger cultural, collective consciousness fed by specific social bodies. Poetic analysis, as well as studies of vernacular and oral traditions, has allowed me to explore these concepts and theories from a wider spectrum, and with regard to the work of the poets, an original perspective. Providing a deeper understanding of artists, their identities, places, and dreams within their work, this study begins to offer some insight into notions of the ways in which individuals might participate in cultural conservation.
Hart, Austin Harold. (January 2012). One Love : Collective Consciousness in Rap and Poetry of the Hip-Hop Generation (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3862.)
Hart, Austin Harold. One Love : Collective Consciousness in Rap and Poetry of the Hip-Hop Generation. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, January 2012. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3862. September 17, 2019.
Hart, Austin Harold, “One Love : Collective Consciousness in Rap and Poetry of the Hip-Hop Generation” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, January 2012).
Hart, Austin Harold. One Love : Collective Consciousness in Rap and Poetry of the Hip-Hop Generation [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; January 2012.
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