Signifying Rappers

Signifying Rappers

Rap is sterile, closed, and circular if you understand it only as something on your tape deck, in your head. ... A note onthenew edition: Signifying Rappers was originally published in May of 1990 with a short discography and a full ...

Author: David Foster Wallace

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316401111

Category: Music

Page: 176

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David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture. Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised? Back in print at last, Signifying Rappers is a rare record of a city and a summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends. With a new foreword by Mark Costello on his experience writing with David Foster Wallace, this rerelease cannot be missed.
Categories: Music

Signifying Rappers

Signifying Rappers

Rap and Race in the Urban Present Mark Costello, David Foster Wallace. low me to e.g. concretely . I'm sitting , just the other day , on the front steps of the Widener Library . A group of JapA anese tourists - native Japanese ...

Author: Mark Costello

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106016251859

Category: Music

Page: 140

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The author of "Infinite Jest" and his co-writer discuss rap and popular culture, power, money, racial politics, and language in the first book to seriously consider rap and its position as a vital force in American culture. "Brilliantly written . . . (with) great wit, insight, and in-your-face energy".--"Review of Contemporary Fiction".
Categories: Music

Underground and Independent Rap

Underground and Independent Rap

While some of these hiphop-related books are certainly good—Ronin Ro's expose of Death Row Records (Have Gun, Will Travel), the David Foster Wallace and Marc Costello project Signifying Rappers, and a few others come to mind—only ...

Author: Zachary Scribe

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780615153490

Category: Music

Page: 206

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A collection of essays, interviews, and other prose works revolving around the North American underground and independent rap scene and the author's experiences with it, this book offers appreciation for those already steeped in the genre and provides outsiders a glimpse into a fertile subculture.
Categories: Music

Global Wallace

Global Wallace

Hence, all quotations are from Wallace's sections of Signifying Rappers, except where noted. A further impediment to the book's academic reception has been that, aside from a handful of brief mentions in the 1993 McCaffery interview, ...

Author: Lucas Thompson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501320675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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David Foster Wallace is invariably seen as an emphatically American figure. Lucas Thompson challenges this consensus, arguing that Wallace's investments in various international literary traditions are central to both his artistic practice and his critique of US culture. Thompson shows how, time and again, Wallace's fiction draws on a diverse range of global texts, appropriating various forms of world literature in the attempt to craft fiction that critiques US culture from oblique and unexpected vantage points. Using a wide range of comparative case studies, and drawing on extensive archival research, Global Wallace reveals David Foster Wallace's substantial debts to such unexpected figures as Jamaica Kincaid, Julio Cortázar, Jean Rhys, Octavio Paz, Leo Tolstoy, Zbigniew Herbert, and Albert Camus, among many others. It also offers a more comprehensive account of the key influences that Wallace scholars have already perceived, such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, and Manuel Puig. By reassessing Wallace's body of work in relation to five broadly construed geographic territories -- Latin America, Russia, Eastern Europe, France, and Africa -- the book reveals the mechanisms with which Wallace played particular literary traditions off one another, showing how he appropriated vastly different global texts within his own fiction. By expanding the geographic coordinates of Wallace's work in this way, Global Wallace reconceptualizes contemporary American fiction, as being embedded within a global exchange of texts and ideas.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works

The result, Signifying Rappers, is a slim but ambitious volume dedicated to situating rap within the broader contexts of the African oral tradition, the conspicuous consumption of Reagan- era America, the perpetuation of racial ...

Author: Geoff Hamilton

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438129709

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 433

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Provides a comprehensive overview of the best writers and works of the current English-speaking literary world.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

metamorphosen 13 Weitermachen

metamorphosen 13     Weitermachen

... wohingegen dem Rap In seinem beachtlichen Frühwerk Signifying Rappers (1989) schreibt David worüber jeder schäbig gekleidete Zuschauer am Fenster ohne Außenseiterstatus einen ästhetischen Zugang zu dieser Musik suchen muss.

Author: Timo Brandt

Publisher: metamorphosen im Verbrecher Verlag

ISBN: 9783957321824

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 96

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"Die Geschichtenerzähler machen weiter" – so bewies sich Anfang der 70er Jahre Rolf-Dieter Brinkmann das Morgen im Heute, "wie die Songs weitermachen"; und nicht nur die. Alles und alle machten weiter; dabei scheint der Grund weniger als die Art der Westwärtsbewegung verschieden. Weiter macht, wer muss. Nur wie? Macht, wer einfach weitermacht, zugleich Schluss mit dem Feuer des ersten Tages? Oder ist das Weiter einfach nur der zweite Schritt nach dem ersten beschwingten? Um's Weitersingen, resigniert oder notgedrungen, geht es in diesem Heft – und um die, die noch immer am Regler drehn, wenn die Party schon aus ist; die oft kaum merkliche Zuversicht, die im keep on des keep on keepin' on liegt.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace

The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello, Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present (New York: Ecco, 1990), p. 24. David Foster Wallace, “Back in New Fire,” in Both Flesh and Not: Essays (New York: Little, Brown, ...

Author: Ralph Clare

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108602570

Category: Literary Criticism

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Best known for his masterpiece Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace re-invented fiction and non-fiction for a generation with his groundbreaking and original work. Wallace's desire to blend formal innovation and self-reflexivity with the communicative and restorative function of literature resulted in works that appeal as much to a reader's intellect as they do emotion. As such, few writers in recent memory have quite matched his work's intense critical and popular impact. The essays in this Companion, written by top Wallace scholars, offer a historical and cultural context for grasping Wallace's significance, provide rigorous individual readings of each of his major works, whether story collections, non-fiction, or novels, and address the key themes and concerns of these works, including aesthetics, politics, religion and spirituality, race, and post-humanism. This wide-ranging volume is a necessary resource for understanding an author now widely regarded as one of the most influential and important of his time.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Postmodern Literature and Race

Postmodern Literature and Race

If Signifying Rappers were to be described as having two main emotional tones, they would be enthusiasm and apology. ... In alternating chapters, Wallace and Costello investigate the poetry of rap lyrics and the social contexts out of ...

Author: Len Platt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316194713

Category: Literary Criticism

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Postmodernism Literature and Race explores the question of how dramatic shifts in conceptions of race in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have been addressed by writers at the cutting edge of equally dramatic transformations of literary form. An opening section engages with the broad question of how the geographical and political positioning of experimental writing informs its contribution to racial discourses, while later segments focus on central critical domains within this field: race and performativity, race and the contemporary nation, and postracial futures. With essays on a wide range of contemporary writers, including Bernadine Evaristo, Alasdair Gray, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andrea Levy, and Don DeLillo, this volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of the politics and aesthetics of contemporary writing.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Eminem and Rap Poetry Race

Eminem and Rap  Poetry  Race

And regardless, the authenticity rap represents is always, for the white speaker, borrowed and therefore inauthentic. David Foster Wallace essays this awkward gawking cum appropriation in Signifying Rappers: each innovation, ...

Author: Scott F. Parker

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476618647

Category: Music

Page: 216

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Eminem is the best-selling musical artist of the 21st century. He is also one of the most contentious and most complex artists of our time. His verbal dexterity ranks him among the greatest technical rappers ever. The content of his songs combines the grotesque and the comical with the sincere and the profound, all told through the sophisticated layering of multiple personae. However one finally assesses his contribution to popular culture, there’s no denying his central place in it. This collection of essays gives his work the critical attention it has long deserved. Drawing from history, philosophy, sociology, musicology, and other fields, the writers gathered here consider Eminem’s place in Hip Hop, the intellectual underpinnings of his work, and the roles of race, gender and privilege in his career, among various other topics. This original treatment will be appreciated by Eminem fans and cultural scholars alike.
Categories: Music

Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace

Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace

Bangs makes an ideal pairing with Signifying Rappers; in my course on writing about pop music I taught chapter 1B of Signifying Rappers with Bangs's sardonic essay “How to Be a Rock Critic” and Greg Tate's “It's Like This Y'all,” a ...

Author: Stephen J. Burn

Publisher: Modern Language Association

ISBN: 9781603293921

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 226

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David Foster Wallace’s works engage with his literary moment--roughly summarized as postmodernism--and with the author’s historical context. From his famously complex fiction to essays critical of American culture, Wallace’s works have at their core essential human concerns such as self-understanding, connecting with others, ethical behavior, and finding meaning. The essays in this volume suggest ways to elucidate Wallace’s philosophical and literary preoccupations for today’s students, who continue to contend with urgent issues, both personal and political, through reading literature. Part 1, “Materials,†offers guidance on biographical, contextual, and archival sources and critical responses to Wallace’s writing. The essays in part 2, “Approaches,†discuss teaching key works and genres in high school settings, first-year undergraduate writing classes, American literature surveys, seminars on Wallace, and world literature courses. They examine Wallace’s social and philosophical contexts and contributions, treating topics such as gender, literary ethics, and the culture of writing programs.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines