"One of Ya'll Got My Lyrics": Student Artists Exploring Spoken Word Poetry, Performance, and Activism

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Endsley, Crystal Leigh
Graduate Program:
Curriculum and Instruction
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Date of Defense:
January 29, 2009
Committee Members:
  • Patrick Willard Shannon, Dissertation Advisor
  • Marnina Gonick, Committee Chair
  • Patrick Willard Shannon, Committee Chair
  • Stephanie Springgay, Committee Member
  • Margaret Ann Lorah, Committee Member
  • cultural program
  • poststructuralism
  • subjectivity
  • artist
  • college students
  • poetry
  • activism
  • feminism
  • pedagogy
  • performance
This text emerges from an arts-based cultural program that has evolved into the focus of my dissertation. Ultimately, this project seeks to investigate the rich and complex offerings of an integrated arts performance group with an emphasis on the critical intersections of feminist pedagogy, performance, subjectivity, and activism. Each of those areas is interwoven with the subjects of resistance, cultural production, and social justice and the multitude of other stories that are demanding my consideration even now. I think there is something important to learn about the possibilities performance offers to negotiate meaning and explore relationships within a framework of feminist pedagogy in a context that is activism-oriented, accessible, and passionate.