Felicia Angeja Viator
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Viator’s research centers on histories of American popular culture. Her writing explores a wide range of topics, including horror media, entertainment economies, music, fashion, and protest. Viator's scholarship –including her book, To Live and Defy in LA (Harvard University Press, 2020) and essays for The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Review of Books –– engages with general audiences, and in her editing work Viator helps other scholars communicate complex arguments in plain language.
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Demonstrates how 1980s reality rappers -- or "gangster rappers" -- popularized their own rebellion, and in doing so, made young Black perspectives on American society and its abuses a driving force in American culture.
Explores the history of Los Angeles rap, how it shocked America, made millions, and pulled back the curtain on an urban crisis.
Interrogates the standard hip-hop history narrative and its familiar tropes.
Explores the history of immigrant folk traditions in the Central Valley of California through the region's punk music scene.