Journal of Ethnic American Literature

Articles from No. 4, 2014

Black Women Poets by the Numbers: Evie Shockley and Allison Joseph
Canonical poets such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker, and Maya Angelou are widely recognized and anthologized. Accordingly, they have received considerable critical or popular attention. However, contemporary poets, whose works...
Getting off at the 13th Floor: Rap Genius and Archiving 21st Century Black Cultural Memory
In his verse on Goodie Mob's song "Thought Process," rapper Andre "3000" Benjamin declares, "I got off at the 13th floor/when they told me there wasn't one." The imagery of the 13th floor, a phantom space attached to misfortune and paranoia, is reimagined...
Hashtag Black Poetry
At the conclusion of my Black Poetry course, I admit to feeling bewildered about how to assess it. I wanted to figure out how my foray into digital humanities1 (with a Twitter assignment) complemented my students' understanding and aided me in teaching....
Introduction: Black Poetry and Technology
"It is gradually becoming obvious in the early years of the 21st century that inquiry about traditions and their components can make little progress if scholarship and criticism cling to 'traditional' methods, if thinkers do not test how interdisciplinary...
I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say: Recording the Prehistory of Jazz
I thought I heard Buddy Bolden shout:"Open up that window and let that bad air out"-Jelly Roll Morton, "Buddy Bolden's Blues"Thus, having tried to give pattern to the chaos which lives within the pattern of your certainties, I must come out, I must emerge....
Leveraging Metadata to Present Poet Eugene B. Redmond's Personal Collection Online
The Eugene B. Redmond Collection at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), a gift from the eponymous poet and poetry scholar, constitutes an immensely rich resource of primary source materials that can be broadly characterized as relating...
Public History and Private Life in Elizabeth Alexander's Crave Radiance: A Data Analysis
Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 (2010) showcases Elizabeth Alexander's ability to use her poetry to both express and teach, reflecting on her own life and highlighting African American figures from history. Alexander explores multiple...
The Afrofuturist Poetry of Tracie Morris and Tracy K. Smith
The genre of poetry, much like fiction, is a creative outlet in which authors explore varied ideas, images, and issues that audiences may then analyze, critique, and appreciate. What happens when poetry and technology, or poetry and science fiction collide?...
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