Throughout the 20th century, both scholarship and commerce have shaped "American music" and "American musical life" in racially binary terms — namely, white and Black. This seminar will examine music production, marketing, consumption, and journalism in the United States, through the lens of a racial politics of culture. How can we account for both inclusions and exclusions within constructions of "American music" and "American musical life"?
Course requirements include active participation in class discussion, brief weekly writing tasks, a major term research project, and a final synthetic essay exam.
Enrollment restricted to first-year students
This seminar combines readings from multiple disciplines, listening assignments, and viewing of documentary films.