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Translating the In-Between: Performance Poetry and the Relationship between Language, Literature and Society

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The principal object of analysis in this essay is a poem first performed at a conference on African theatre held in Nice in the late 1990s. In the wake of increasing demands for a printed version of the poem, sub-sequently performed in different venues worldwide, ‘The Story of M’ was published in 2002 by the Black Arts Alliance and the Arts Council of England. It formed one of a collection of four performance poems entitled 4 for more (SuAndi, 2002). ‘The Story of M’ has since become critically acclaimed internationally and is widely recognized in Britain as the talisman of its author, SuAndi, a leading Black poet from Manchester (Figure 7.1).1

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Crawshaw, R. (2014). Translating the In-Between: Performance Poetry and the Relationship between Language, Literature and Society. In: Segal, N., Koleva, D. (eds) From Literature to Cultural Literacy. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137429704_8

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