Date of Award
Master of Arts
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Shelton, Hannah Renee, "And We're Rollin' on a River...: The Poetics and Musical Dimensions of Breaking with Eurocentric Knowledge and Decolonizing Humanity" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2134.