HPU Professor Authors Section In 'Encyclopedia Of Hip Hop Literature'


HIGH POINT, N.C., May 7, 2009 – Dr. Judy Isaksen, associate professor of media and popular culture studies in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, recently authored a contribution in the “Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature,” published by Greenwood Press.
Isaksen’s entry is on Imani Perry, one of America’s leading cultural critics of the artistry and literary narrative forms within hip-hop music.
“This reference text does not contain entries that pertain to the music of the hip-hop generation, but rather literature by and for members of the hip-hop generation, such as fiction and memoirs, as well as works by biographers, artists, activists and critical theorists,” explains Isaksen. “Perry is an amazing example of the brilliant energy of hip-hoppers. She is both a hip-hop scholar and a self-proclaimed hip-hop head.”
Perry, 37, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Yale and then graduated from Harvard with a Ph.D. in American history and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, explores the intersection of aesthetics and politics in African-American cultural productions, including hip-hop.
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