If you want to write your narrative about the impact a particular genre of music has had on you, read here . . .
Gwendolyn Pough is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University. She does research on black feminist theory an emphasis on Black public culture. She is well known for her critically acclaimed 2004 book, Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere, where she shows how black women claim hip-hop and use it to change their lives.
Your First Task
For now, you will need to read Pough's essay on GoogleBooks until a PDF can be made. Please click here. Please check the syllabus for what to do after reading.
Your Second Task (for Next Monday)
How to Write YOUR Personal Narrative
1) In writing, make a decision about the genre of music that most inspires, excites, or interests you. Explain your choice.
2) Write down as many specific memories as you can about his genre: youth memories, times with friends, etc.
3) Choose 1-2 songs in this genre that really have an impact on you. Explain each song: when it was made, what it about, etc.
4) Choose 1-2 poignant lyrics. Explain the political impact of these lyrics. Explain the personal impact these lyrics have on you.
5) Do a google search and find some articles that trace some history of this music. Take notes on what you find.
6) Do a library search and find some more good information that traces some history of this music. Take notes on what you find.
7) Take all of the notes that you have and try to carve out one narrative. Imagine yourself talking to someone like you . . . add some flair and some style. Think back on how Pough does it!