Slamming: The Roots, Function, and Future of Slam Poetry in Patricia Smith's Performances by Elizabeth Abitz

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Title

Slamming: The Roots, Function, and Future of Slam Poetry in Patricia Smith's Performances by Elizabeth Abitz

Subject

English

Description

The declining readership of poetry has caused concern amongst scholars, leading them to ask questions: is poetry too difficult or too elitist? These concerns arise because of poetry's dependence of scholars by generating a new audience that appreciates lively performances of the poet's marginalized identity. No one has been more successful on the slam stage than four time National Poetry Slam champion Patricia Smith, as her performances harken back to poetry's roots in orality. This paper examines how Smith's slam poetry imitates the intimate relationship between the storyteller and the listener from oral cultures, drawing parallels to authorship and identity, performance and composition, and modern and oral audiences.

Creator

Elizabeth Abitz

Source

Senior Showcase Oral Presentation

Publisher

Ripon College

Date

April 18, 2017

Rights

The author reserves all rights.

Identifier

Major: English
Minor: Education
Marshall, Wisconsin

Files

Seinor Sem- Abitz.pdf
Abitz Tracing Orality- Examining the Roots of Patricia Smith’s Slam Poetry.pdf

Citation

Elizabeth Abitz, “Slamming: The Roots, Function, and Future of Slam Poetry in Patricia Smith's Performances by Elizabeth Abitz,” Senior Showcase Digital Collection, accessed January 21, 2018, http://rcseniorshowcase.omeka.net/items/show/61.

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