Spoken Word and the Academy: Championing Performative Genres

Community Building / Le renforcement des collectivités Pedagogy / La pédagogie
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Spoken word, storytelling, and other contemporary oral art forms have greatly influenced modern day literature, yet their presence in English departments and creative writing programs is strikingly limited, and in most cases nonexistent.

What happens when we encounter performative works in the post-secondary classroom? When the work of Indigenous storytellers and culturally diverse artists are examined through a predominantly western lens? What role can spoken word and other performative literary genres play in decolonizing and indigenizing curriculum? How can post-secondary institutions foster meaningful exchange with artists and creative/cultural communities?

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