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Public Speech, Dance, Jokes, and Song
Public speech, dance, jokes, and song
  • Moroccan women street traders
  • Bakhtin, Rabelais, and marketplace humor
  • 19th-century African American public festivals
  • The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires
  • Radical pre-Emancipation communication networks among African American mariners
  • Stalin-era Russian poet Anna Akhmatova and Requiem
  • African American dance in the era of chattel slavery and afterward
  • The blues
  • Song in the German labor movement through 1933

The most accessible and most fundamental mode of radical expression is speech for public purposes (i.e., even if clandestine, uttered within one or more publics) and, not least, ironic and satirical speech. Close to it are dance and song. The instances below, including the “highart” poem Requiem, exemplify many of the issues raised in the conceptual discussions in Part I: notably, the rebellious ...

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