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In Defense of Mumble Rap

Author: Mansi Garneni Columbia University Download PDF version   “Made a mil’ off that, uh/ Off that mumblin’ shit.” – Playboi Carti, “R.I.P.”   INTRODUCTION: THE QUESTION OF MUMBLE RAP Mumble rap is a polarizing topic within the rap community...

’Tis the Season: Popular Romance Fiction and the Practice of Democracy

Author: Sreepurna Datta Jadavpur University Download PDF version   In his 1993 book American Political Cultures, Richard Ellis identified “voting in competitive elections, representative government, accountable leadership, and the freedom to pursue one’s own private interests,” as the key features...

Land of Unlimited Possibilities—Land of Systematic Oppression. The Ambivalent Representations of America in Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne

Author: Max Tretter Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg Download PDF version   INTRODUCTION Originating in the United States, rap music and the culture of hip hop are closely connected with America.[1] As hip hop’s place of origin, the US has a lasting...

The Desert and the Jungle: Los Angeles in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye

Author: Katerina Psilopoulou Newnham College, University of Cambridge Download PDF version   Whenever European directors attempt to capture the essence of America, the result can be either grotesque or revelatory, especially during volatile times like the counterculture movement of the...

SPECIAL ISSUE | Performing the Blues: Illuminating How Color Schemes Relate to Detention, Gender, and Migration in Superstore and The Infiltrators

Author: Edward Chamberlain University of Washington Tacoma Download PDF version   In November 2015, the television sitcom Superstore debuted on the NBC network and quickly gained popularity, running for six seasons until March 2021. Showcasing the talented actress America Ferrera,...

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