Sunday, January 2, 2011


With some regularity this year I will focus on anthologies as a genre. I have always found that there is much to be learned from an anthology because the editors (and/or writers of the introductions, prefaces, forewords) usually take precious care in explaining their purpose in assembling the anthology, whether they are charting new ground, reacting to another literary work, representing the work of a historical or literary era, genre or neglected area of study. I'll begin the new year looking at the recent publication of The Anthology of Rap (Yale UP, 20100, edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois.

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