Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2012

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Matthew W. Sivils

Abstract

This thesis compares and contrasts the 19th-century American Transcendentalists with modern independent Midwestern hip-hop artists. The views and works of the Transcendentalists and hip-hop music and culture have greatly impacted and altered American identity. Though the views and works of artists in both movements are incredibly diverse, they center around a belief that mainstream society is not reaching its full potential. These seemingly disparate movements align through their espousal of simplicity as a means of self improvement, their exploration of the natural world as a place of physical and spiritual healing, and their approach to feminist thought.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-192

Copyright Owner

Justin Michael Atwell

Language

en

Date Available

2012-10-31

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

77 pages

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