PhD in English Literature, University of Texas at Austin
Teacher's Assistant - Department of English
Hip-Hop Studies, Poetics, Visual Representations of Black Masculinity (film, performance art and paintings), Biopolitics
Sequoia Maner is a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She recieved her BA in English from Duke University in 2008. Her academic interests broadly include contemporary black poetics and fiction in the United States. More specifically, her writings interrogate relationships of power, identity formation in urban spaces, and black masculinity and subjectivity. She's interested in the mythology of "great men"; some figures she's written about include Jay-Z, Barack Obama, Otis Redding, Jean Michel Basquiat, Kehinde Wiley and Malcolm X. She specializes in the rhetoric of Hip-Hop, is a poet and critic, and hopes to one day interview Jay-Z.
Review of The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry by Susan B.A. Somers-Willett. E3W Review of Books 12 (Spring 2012).
"The Poetics of Jay-Z: Sampling Sound and Form." Presented in 2012 at the Queer Poetics Conference at the University of Texas, Austin.
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