Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

Committee Chair

Matthias Kaelberer

Committee Member

Nichole Detraz

Committee Member

Derefe Chevannes


American society to date is wearing a mask. Although claiming to secure rights and liberites for all, American society hides under Eurocentrism's guise which overvalorizes the white maleand undervalorizes minority bodies through reason, space, and place. Therefore, I assert there must be an epistemology which breaks from Eurocentricism. Utilizing poetics as a revalorizing logic, I will ask: How can poetics, as a legitimate source of knowledge, decolonize humanity? Keeping within the American scope, I employ critical race theory and theorists to demonstrate the dangers of employing hegemonic knowledge. I will then utilize poetry, literary devices, jazz, and blues to demonstrate resistance poetics' revolutionary qualities. Ultimately, I assert poetics is a personal and approachable methods to reclaiming one's own humanity and allows for poetic licensure to continue the decolonizing process. Politics is not a higher education venture, but rather an intimate and social experience.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.