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Volume 46, Number 1, Spring 2013

Table of Contents

Special Issue: Hip Hop and the Literary

Guest Editor: Candice M. Jenkins

Introduction: “Reading” Hip-Hop Discourse in the Twenty-First Century

pp. 1-8

Contemporary Sorrow Songs: Traces of Mourning, Lament, and Vulnerability in Hip Hop

pp. 9-20

The Survivor’s Odyssey: K’naan’s The Dusty Foot Philosopher as a Modern Epic

pp. 21-36

Intra- and Interlingual Translation in Blackamerican Muslim Hip Hop

pp. 37-54

“Maybe I’ll Be a Poet, Rapper”: Hip-Hop Feminism and Literary Aesthetics in Push

pp. 55-69

On the Real: Agency, Abuse, and Sexualized Violence in Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette”

pp. 71-86

If You Look in My Life: Love, Hip-Hop Soul, and Contemporary African American Womanhood

pp. 87-99

The Roots of “Wilding”: Black Literary Naturalism, the Language of Wilderness, and Hip Hop in the Central Park Jogger Rape

pp. 101-115

Melle Mel in the Megaplex: Postmodern Performance and the Hip-Hop “Real” in Krush Groove & Beat Street

pp. 117-132

Hip_Hop Redux: A Plugin with Extensions

pp. 133-144

Poetry & Fiction

Safe word and: Stranger fruit

pp. 145-146

Story #4,112,011: A’ight Now and: Story #4,132,011: Idioms

pp. 147-148

For Bob Kaufman and: Sudan

pp. 149-150


p. 151

The Branch of Thorns

pp. 153-156

Red Lights (Before the Closing of Kroger)

p. 157

Plant, Sucker, Green, Dry

p. 158

Inheritance: My father’s watches and: Gardening

pp. 159-160

The Last Death of Reginald Baron III

pp. 161-165

A note to hip hop

pp. 167-169

Book Reviews

Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture by Jonathan Munby, and: If We Must Die: From Bigger Thomas to Biggie Smalls by Aimé J. Ellis (review)

pp. 171-174

Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans by Matt Miller (review)

pp. 174-175

Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface by Anne Anlin Cheng (review)

pp. 176-178

Black Power, Yellow Power, and the Making of Revolutionary Identities by Rychetta Watkins (review)

pp. 178-179

The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness by Kevin Young (review)

pp. 179-181

How Racism Takes Place by George Lipsitz (review)

pp. 181-183

Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God by Ebony Utley (review)

pp. 183-185

Blackness in Opera ed. by Naomi Andre, Karen M. Bryan, and Eric Saylor (review)

pp. 185-187

Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights by Robin Bernstein (review)

pp. 187-189

The Muse in Bronzeville: African American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950 by Robert Bone and Richard A. Courage (review)

pp. 189-191

Decoded by Jay Z (review)

pp. 191-194

Whiting Up: Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance by Marvin McAllister (review)

pp. 194-195

Sanctuary: African Americans and Empire by Nicole A. Waligora-Davis (review)

pp. 195-197


pp. 199-200