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New Duke Graduate Course: Hip Hop in the House of Hall


This fall, Professor Mark Anthony Neal will teach a new graduate course at Duke University – “Hip-Hop in the House of Hall: Critical Readings in Hip-Hop Studies.”

The fall 2017 course will be held Mondays at 6:15 p.m. in Friedl 216.

The course will examine the roots of the field of Hip-Hop Studies in the groundbreaking scholarship of cultural theorist Stuart Hall.

Born in Jamaica, Hall wrote and lectured extensively on race, identity and social change in Great Britain.

“Three months at Oxford persuaded me that it was not my home,” he told the Guardian in 2012. “I’m not English and I never will be. The life I have lived is one of partial displacement. I came to England as a means of escape, and it was a failure.”

Hall passed away in February 2014 and by then had come to be known as “the godfather of multiculturalism.”


Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History
by Stuart Hall and Jennifer Daryl Slack

Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy
by Houston A. Baker Jr.

Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America
by Tricia Rose

Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema
by S. Craig Watkins

The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness
by Kevin Young

Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice
by Krista A. Thompson

Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States
by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the U.S.
Edited by Monica R. Miller and Anthony B. Pinn

In The Break: The Aesthetics Of The Black Radical Tradition
by Fred Moten

Parodies of Ownership: Hip-Hop Aesthetics and Intellectual Property Law
by Richard L. Schur

Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics
by Lester K. Spence

Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop
Edited by Jeff Chang

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down
by Joan Morgan

Home Girls Make Some Noise!: Hip-Hop Feminism Anthology
Edited by Gwendolyn D. Pough, Elaine Richardson,  Aisha Durham and Rachel Raimist