Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

It's tricky is the title: Hip-Hop as rhetoric
by Harris, E. Jann, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 112; 1504472
Abstract (Summary)

This research explores and analyzes Rap, or Hip-Hop, as Aristotelian rhetoric and the ways Hip-Hop as rhetoric can be applicable in developing composition pedagogies. Based on the definition of rhetoric established by Aristotle in Book I of The Rhetoric, wherein he links rhetoric as the companion to poetics and the art of persuasion to art as a process, Hip-Hop, like rhetoric, is a form of process art that empowers and redefines Black American males' sense of masculinity. The method by which it does this is by way of creating masculine space for intellectualizing and reflecting upon social issues relevant to the Black community. Through its use of music and lyrics, Hip-Hop illustrates persuasive modes and arrangement of language that is justifiably Aristotelian rhetoric. Hip-Hop is persuasive oration that has not only become a rhetoric for empowering the African American community but also a universal rhetoric that can empower college composition students with both the necessary rhetorical exploration and writing skills for the university and the real world, regardless of culture or socioeconomic background.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Griswold, W. Gary
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, African American Studies, Black studies, Pedagogy, Rhetoric
Publication Number: 1504472
ISBN: 9781124994147
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