Hip-Hop and the Holy Grail (Video Lecture by Richard Sévère)

This video by Richard Sévère reads medieval texts about the "search for the Holy Grail" alongside music performed by Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. Themes include the concept of a quest and questions about the nature of individual fame and notoriety. 



Hip-Hop and Pedagogy Resources

Au, Wayne. “Fresh Out of School: Rap Music’s Discursive Battle with Education.The Journal of Negro Education, vol. 74, no. 3, 2005, pp. 210-220.

Berk, Ronald. “Multimedia Teaching with Video Clips: TV, Movies, YouTube, and mtvU in the College Classroom.” International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning. vol.5, 2009, pp. 1-21.

Dimitriadis, Greg and George Kamberelis. “The Symbolic Mediation of Identity in Black Popular Culture. The Discursive Life, Death, and Rebirth of Tupac Shakur.” Performing Identity/Performing Culture: Hip Hop as Text, Pedagogy, and Lived Practice, Peter Lang, 2001, pp. 93-118.

Kelly, Lauren Leigh. “Building Critical Classroom Community through Hip-Hop Literature.” English Journal, vol. 109, no. 1, 2019, pp. 52-58.

Kelly, Lauren Leigh. “Hip-Hop Literature: The Politics, Poetics, and Power of Hip-Hop in the English Classroom.” English Journal, vol. 102, no. 5, 2013, pp. 51-56.

Kirkland, David E. “You Must Learn: Promoting Hip-Hop in Education.” Youth Media Reporter, 2008. http://www.youthmediareporter.org/2008/06/06/you-must-learn-promoting-hip-hop-in-education/. Retrieved 6/25/2020.

Grail Resources

Barber, Richard W. The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief, Harvard University Press, 2004.

Harty, Kevin. The Holy Grail on Film: Essays on the Cinematic Quest, McFarland &Company, Inc., 2015.

Jung, Emma and Marie-Louise von Franz. The Grail Legend, translated by Andrea Dykes, 2nd edn, Sigo Press, 1986.

Loomis, Roger Sherman. The Grail: From Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol, Columbia University Press, 1963.

Loomis, Roger Sherman, editor. Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages: A Collaborative History, Oxford University Press, 1959.

Owen, D.D.R. The Evolution of the Grail Legend, Oliver and Boyd, 1968.

Waite, Arthur Edward. The Holy Grail: The Galahad Quest in the Arthurian Literature, University Books, 1961.

Weston, Jessie L. The Quest of the Holy Grail, 1913, reprint: Haskell House, 1965.

Works Cited

Flyn, Caitlin and Christy Mitchell. “‘It may be verifyit that thy wit is thin:’ Interpreting Older Scots Flyting through Hip Hop Aesthetics.” Oral Tradition, vol. 29, no. 1, 2014, pp. 69-86.

Hill, Marc L. Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity, New York Teachers College Press, 2009.

Kid Ink. “My Holy Grail.” YouTube, March 04, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQIrkUx5kZQ.

Morrel, Earnest and Jeffrey M.R Duncan-Andrade. “Promoting Academic Literacy with Urban Youth through Engaging Hip-Hop Culture.” National Council of Teachers of English, 2002, pp. 88-92.

Patrick, Brian Anse. “Vikings and Rappers: The Icelandic Sagas Hip-Hop across 8 Mile.” The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 41, no. 2, 2008, pp. 281-305.

Robitzski, Dan. “Bill Gates-Funded Startup Unveils ‘Holy Grail’ Of Solar Energy.” Futurism.com, November 19, 2019. https://futurism.com/the-byte/bill-gates-startup-holy-grail-solar-energy. Accessed July 21, 2020.

Sitomer, Alan and Michael Cirelli. Hip-Hop Language Arts: Thematic Textual Analysis, Street Smart Press, 2015.

Public-domain translations of Malory's text may be found here (vol. 1) and here (vol. 2).