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Hip Hop Literacies

Elaine Richardson
Pennsylvania State University
Before 2005


  • To become familiar with scholarly literature on hip hop, African American Culture, and theories of literacy.
  • To explore hip hop culture through African American cultural criticism and new literacy theories.
  • To become familiar with issues surrounding the politics of race, class, gender, identity, language, sexuality, economics, popular culture, education as reflected and refracted through hip hop.
  • To understand the role of hip hop in the global diffusion of African American language and culture and hip hop’s impact on global cultures via technology and the global marketplace.
  • To develop and expand your own literacies.

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