The underground is a multi-faceted concept in African American culture. Peterson explores a variety of “underground” concepts at the intersections of African American literature and hip-hop culture, using Richard Wright, KRS-One, Thelonious Monk, and the tradition of the Underground Railroad, among other examples. He explores the manifestations and the attributes of the underground within the context of a more panoramic picture of African American expressivity, situated at black cultural and conceptual crossroads.
James Braxton Peterson is Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, USA.
Table of Contents
2. Verbal and Spatial Masks in the Underground
3. The Deep Structure of Black Identity in American Literature
4. Defining an Underground at the Intersections of Hip-Hop and African American Culture
5. A Cipher of the Underground in Black Literary Culture
6. Tears for the Departed: See(k)ing a Black Visual Underground in Hip-Hop and African American Cultures
7. The Depth of the Hole: Intertextuality and Tom Waits’s “Way Down in the Hole.”
Epilogue: The Ironies Underground: Revolution, Critical Memory, and Black Nostalgia