CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 002 Race and Identity in Music
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the parameters of racial and ethnic identities in music; primarily, but not exclusively, in Western art music. From the discourse surrounding exoticism and Orientalism, to the effects of evocative instrumentation, the use of dialect, and foreign subjects, the focus of this class is to understand how racial and ethnic difference can be portrayed musically. Musical case studies will be drawn from the late eighteenth century through the present with a strong emphasis on the nineteenth century and opera. Central questions to be raised are: how is racial/ethnic difference expressed musically? Who is representing whom? What is the intersection between the original performing context and our understanding of these works today? This course encourages interdisciplinary dialogue. Readings will be drawn from post-colonial and cultural studies as well as musicology. No previous music classes are prerequisite and harmonic analysis will be presented in a form accessible to students without a specialized musical background. Grades will be based on writing assignments, in-class quizzes, a take home final and class participation.

CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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10981
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: 001
002 (SEM)
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22243
Open
21
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 002: Meets with RC 334.001 and Honors 251.001.
004 (SEM)
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25630
Open
8
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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