ENGL 223 Thirteen Ways of Looking at Jazz (D) (W)

Last offered Spring 2013

Cross Listed as AMST156, COMP156, MUS156, AFR156
Taking its title from the Wallace Stevens poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," which interprets the blackbird in different ways, this course similarly explores a more complex, multi-layered perspective on jazz, from jazz and American democracy to jazz in visual art. Accordingly, the course introduces students to several genres, including historical documents, cultural criticism, music, literature, film, photography and art. The course does not draw on a musicological method but rather a socio-cultural analysis of the concept, music and its effect--so students are not required to have any prior musical knowledge or ability. In this writing intensive course, students will write short close analyses of multiple types of media, ultimately building up to an argumentative essay. This EDI course explores the musical expressions of the culturally diverse peoples of African descent in the New World, as well as the myriad ways in which representations of jazz signify on institutional power, reaffirm dominant U.S. and/or European hierarchies of race, gender and class, and signal inequality in order to contest it.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, 1 quiz, weekly 2-page response essays in course journal, 2 4-page close analyses, 1 oral presentation/performance with 2-page critical report, and 1 6- to 8-page argumentative essay, totaling slightly over 20 pages of written work
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
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Distribution Notes: Meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR and AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AFR Core Electives,AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3262
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ENGL 223 LEC Looking at Jazz (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Rashida K. Braggs
ENGL 223 LEC Looking at Jazz (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Rashida K. Braggs
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