Susan Weinstein On his 1999 solo CD Black on Both Sides, rapper Mos Def leads into the song âFear Not of Manâ by telling listeners the following: People be asking me all the time, âYo Mos, whatâs getting ready to happen with hip-hop? Where do you think hip-hop is going?â I tell âem, âYou know whatâs gonna happen with hip-hop? Whateverâs 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.â People talk about hip-hop like itâs 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, Â© 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 practitionersâas social actors. We are English because English isnât about books; itâs about us and our students and all of the textsâconversations, stories, poems, analyses, debatesâthat flow in, through,
Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture – Duke University Press
Published: Oct 1, 2005
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