AMCULT 411 - Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
Fall 2016, Section 001
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Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Women's Studies or American Culture.
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What does country music or the “redneck” have to do with the queer? In America’s dominant middle-class culture country is linked to heterosexual white, rural, working-class, southern, and Midwestern people and is often invoked as a symbol of “redneck” bigotry. Queer identity, on the other hand, is associated with gay men and multicultural urban, bourgeois, coastal lifestyles. The intersection of these seemingly incompatible categories calls into question prevalent notions concerning each of them. Thus this seminar asks how music that to many people sounds homophobic and racist serves as a medium for multicultural social and erotic exchange among queer country fans.

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Assignments include country music listening; readings, films, and media reports on country music studies, social science and humanities literature on rural and southern LGBT life, and social theory on socioeconomic class; written critical responses to course materials; and a final PowerPoint presentation to the class.

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AMCULT 411 - Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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