Political Poetry as Discourse: Rereading John Greenleaf Whittier, Ebenezer Elliott, and Hiphopology by Angela Michele LeonardPolitical Poetry as Discourse: Rereading John Greenleaf Whittier, Ebenezer Elliott, and Hiphopology by Angela Michele Leonard

Political Poetry as Discourse: Rereading John Greenleaf Whittier, Ebenezer Elliott, and Hiphopology

byAngela Michele Leonard

Hardcover | December 23, 2009

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Political Poetry as Discourse examines the works of the political poets John Greenleaf Whittier and Ebenezer Elliott, drawing comparisons to contemporary hip hoppers who take their words from local newspapers and other discursive sources that they read, hear, and observe. Local presses and news vehicles stand as cultural material forms that supply poets with words, particularly words that congeal into patterns of language, allowing the creation of a poetic discourse. As readers of these poets apply techniques and theories of discourse analysis, they reveal how poets borrow, lift, hijack, or resituate words from one or more different genres to use as tools of political change. Leonard engages with the critical toolboxes of content analysis, semiosis, and deconstruction to demonstrate how to critically investigate and interrogate the images, sounds and words not just of politically engaged poets, but also of any disseminator of culture and news. Moving beyond theory into praxis, this book becomes a model of its own transgressive premise by thinking, analyzing, writing, and teaching against the grain. Its focus on language as unbounded discourse makes this book a relevant and insightful demonstration in democratic pedagogy and in teaching for transformation.
Angela Michele Leonard is tenured professor of history at Loyola College in Maryland
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Title:Political Poetry as Discourse: Rereading John Greenleaf Whittier, Ebenezer Elliott, and HiphopologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:374 pages, 9.42 × 6.39 × 1.12 inPublished:December 23, 2009Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739122843

ISBN - 13:9780739122846

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Theoretical Overview Chapter 3 Discourse of the British Anti-Corn Law Movement in the Sheffield Independent, 1825-1835 Chapter 4 From Newstexts to Poetry: The Sheffield Independent & Ebenezer Eliott's Protest Poems Chapter 5 "Mining a Small Town Newspaper Unearthing Negro Colonizationist Ideology in the Haverhill Gazette and Essex Patriot (MA), 1824-1827" Chapter 6 The Topography of Violence in John Greenleaf Whittier's "Antislavery Poems" Chapter 7 Hijacking and Pro-creating Signifiers: Extending Discourse Analysis to Pedagogy and the Value of Hiphopology Chapter 8 Conclusion

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Angela Leonard has written a new sort of book that combines a sophisticated analysis of nineteenth century protest literature in Britain and the United States with a method for making it meaningful to students today. She examines the language used by anti-Corn Law writer Ebenezer Elliott and anti-slavery poet John Greenleaf Whittier in contrast to two more conservative newspapers that dealt with the same themes. She then applies her textual method to the hip-hop lyrics of contemporary rap artists to locate them as worthy followers of radical writers who transformed language as a tool in their struggle to transform society. Using the present to understand the past reverses the usual formula, but then Leonard herself is engaged in creatively subverting, and thereby enhancing, both our knowledge of the texts she studies and our ability to make them live again for a generation that can be empowered by learning it has powerful allies in history.