MUS 211 Spring 2015 Music, Nationalism, and Popular Culture (D) (W)

This course surveys the manner, function, and contexts through which sound and ideas of national belonging are linked. We will consider influential and iconic musicians (Umm Kalthoum, Amalia Rodriguez, Bob Marley, Carlos Gardel, Joao Gilberto, Youssou N'dour), international forums for the expression of national sentiment (the Olympics, Miss Universe and Eurovision competitions), and a wide range of instruments, genres, and anthems that are strong conduits for national sentiment. Drawing on the work of critical theorists including Benedict Anderson, Michael Herzfeld, and Ernest Gellner, we will pursue a number of analytical questions: What parallels exist between musical and political structure? How do nations adjust as their policies and demographics change? How are cultural forms implicated in postcolonial nation building projects? What marginal populations or expressive forms are included, excluded, or appropriated in the formation of national identity? Finally, what differences emerge as we change our focus from a national to an international perspective, or from officially endorsed representations of national culture to unofficial popular forms of entertainment? Owing to its global focus and attention to power and privilege in political and musical structures, this course meets the EDI requirement.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on class participation, two 2- to 4-page reading responses, and two 8- to 10-page papers (with revisions)
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: given to upperclassmen and Music majors
Department Notes: MUS Group B Electives--classes 2015 and 2016 MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology--class of 2017 and beyond
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: MUS Group B Electives,MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3834
MUS 211 - 01 (S) LEC Music,Nationalism&Pop Culture (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Corinna S. Campbell
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Bernhard 29 3834
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