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(Re)Presenting the Public in Print: Examining African-American Media Activism at the Century's Turn

Propper, Tara (2017) (Re)Presenting the Public in Print: Examining African-American Media Activism at the Century's Turn. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Operating at the intersection of English Composition, Place-Based Rhetorical Scholarship, and African American Print Culture Studies, this dissertation examines African American public literacies in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Employing rhetorical analysis and close-textual examination of three activist magazines, including the National Association of Colored Women's Woman's Era (1894-97), The Colored Co-Operative Publishing Company's Colored American Magazine (1900-1910), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races (1910-present), this research explores how African American activists used emergent forms of media (in this case, mass-produced newspapers and magazines) to shape who gets to participate within a public sphere of representation and speculate how to make this sphere more accessible to a wider range of readers and writers. Additionally, this analysis suggests that African American media in this period offers a model for local activism, civic engagement and public writing that students can draw from in their own academic and professional development. That is, this dissertation demonstrates how an exploration of turn-of-the-century media activism can inform contemporary concerns about public space, access, and marginal and minority representation, especially as such discussions are influenced by and occur within new media landscapes.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Propper, Taratap58@pitt.edutap580000-0001-5273-7432
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCarr, Jeanjcarr@pitt.edujcarr
Committee MemberCarr, Stevescarr@pitt.eduscarr
Committee MemberBoone, Troyboone@pitt.eduboone
Committee MemberSaint,
Date: 28 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 17 July 2017
Approval Date: 28 September 2017
Submission Date: 13 July 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 247
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: activism, periodicals, public sphere theory, African-American literature
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 23:08
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 23:08


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