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Vol. 1 No. 1 (2019): The Salzburg Seminar and Its Legacies in American Studies

Intermedial and Transnational Hip Hop Life Writing

December 4, 2019


In lieu of an abstract, here is the first paragraph of this forum contribution:

The growing popularity of celebrity life writing and of memoirs which focus on the respective memoirist's specific social, professional, ethnic, or other context also spawned a large number of autobiographical publications by persons in the music industry. The field of musical autobiography is a recent development for which a niche in life-writing scholarship has only been carved out in the past decade. The growing number of autobiographical book publications as well as autobiographical self-representations in non-analog, non-printed, not primarily verbal formats raises the questions as to whether specific genres of hip-hop life writing have been evolving and as to the perspectives from which scholars should discuss them.


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