Walk Two More Moons: A Quest for Application, Translation, and Participation

Walk Two More Moons: A Quest for Application, Translation, and Participation We Are English: Looking for Practical Relevance in Practitioners’ Relevance Susan Weinstein On his 1999 solo CD Black on Both Sides, rapper Mos Def leads into the song “Fear Not of Man” by telling listeners the following: People be asking me all the time, “Yo Mos, what’s getting ready to happen with hip-hop? Where do you think hip-hop is going?” I tell ’em, “You know what’s gonna happen with hip-hop? Whatever’s happening with us. If we smoked out, hip-hop is gonna be smoked out If we doing all right, hip-hop is gonna be doing all right.” People talk about hip-hop like it’s some giant living in the hillside coming down to visit the townspeople. We are hip-hop. Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture Volume 5, Number 3, © 2005 Duke University Press 483 Substitute the word English for hip-hop in the above lyric, and we are presented with a direct and useful answer to the question posed by this collection. How relevant English is depends, ultimately, on how relevant we are, as scholars, researchers, engaged practitioners—as social actors. We are English because English isn’t about books; it’s about us and our students and all http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture Duke University Press

Walk Two More Moons: A Quest for Application, Translation, and Participation

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2005 by Duke University Press
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1531-4200
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1533-6255
DOI
10.1215/15314200-5-3-488
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We Are English: Looking for Practical Relevance in Practitioners’ Relevance Susan Weinstein On his 1999 solo CD Black on Both Sides, rapper Mos Def leads into the song “Fear Not of Man” by telling listeners the following: People be asking me all the time, “Yo Mos, what’s getting ready to happen with hip-hop? Where do you think hip-hop is going?” I tell ’em, “You know what’s gonna happen with hip-hop? Whatever’s happening with us. If we smoked out, hip-hop is gonna be smoked out If we doing all right, hip-hop is gonna be doing all right.” People talk about hip-hop like it’s some giant living in the hillside coming down to visit the townspeople. We are hip-hop. Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture Volume 5, Number 3, © 2005 Duke University Press 483 Substitute the word English for hip-hop in the above lyric, and we are presented with a direct and useful answer to the question posed by this collection. How relevant English is depends, ultimately, on how relevant we are, as scholars, researchers, engaged practitioners—as social actors. We are English because English isn’t about books; it’s about us and our students and all

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Published: Oct 1, 2005

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