ENGL 223
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Jazz Fall 2015 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as AMST156 / COMP156 / AFR156 / ENGL223
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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 Accordingly, the course introduces students to several genres, including historical documents, cultural criticism, music, literature, film, photography and art.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 and revise short close analyses of multiple types of media, ultimately honing their writing skills on one form of media for a polished, original analysis that weds their increased critical thinking skills. 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.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1207
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon class participation, 1 quiz, several 2-page response essays, one 3-page essay, one 5-page essay, one oral presentation/performance with 3-page critical report, totaling approximately 20 pages of written work
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR and AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL
Attributes: AFR Core Electives; AMST Arts in Context Electives; AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora;

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