ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Spring 2019, Section 102 - Words about Music: Jazz, Blues, and Rock in American Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 102 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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In this class we read poems, memoirs, and prose narratives that are inspired by different musical genres, as well as by specific musicians and songs. We will see how musical forms have been used as the basis for literature (e.g. how poets have used the blues form or how be-bop jazz has inspired new forms of storytelling). As we explore how the medium of language has been used to capture the essence of sound, we will also read works of music criticism, which has emerged as an important genre of its own. Our writers include Langston Hughes, Greil Marcus, Ralph Ellison, Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin, Jim Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Joan Didion, Lester Bangs, Ellen Willis, Brett Easton Ellis, and Patti Smith. Student work includes response papers and longer project exploring the representation of a specific musician, group, or genre. Students will also write their own “musical memoir.”


ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
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101 (LEC)
 In Person
Note: Only students admitted to NELP can register for this section.
102 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:00PM - 5:00PM

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