Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 1995 - History - 110 pages
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In this explosive book, Houston Baker takes stock of the current state of Black Studies in the university and outlines its responsibilities to the newest form of black urban expression—rap. A frank, polemical essay, Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy is an uninhibited defense of Black Studies and an extended commentary on the importance of rap. Written in the midst of the political correctness wars and in the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots, Baker's meditation on the academy and black urban expression has generated much controversy and comment from both ends of the political spectrum.
  

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Contents

Black Studies A New Story
1
The Black Urban Beat Rap and the Law
33
Expert Witnesses and the Case of Rap
61
Hybridity Rap and Pedagogy for the 1990s A Black Studies Sounding of Form
85
Afterword
101
Index
105
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Houston Baker is one of the most persistent voices in African American literary criticism, one that has helped to establish a tradition in black literature from slave narratives and spirituals to blues and modern African American writing. He is a frequent contributor to literary journals, author and editor of numerous books, and a leading mover in the diversification of American literature.

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