"Literature and Musical Genre" is designed as a five-week Summer Session Course. It is a lower-division literature course that satisfies several general education and departmental major & minor requirements.
Critical Approaches: Media (M), Power and Subjectivities (P)
G.E. Requirements: Race and Ethnicity (ER), Interpreting Arts and Media (IM), Textual Analysis (TA)
Our love of musical genres shapes our language, communities, tastes, identities, and aesthetics. We can learn about popular musical genres, thus learn about ourselves and others, through reading and listening carefully. This course provides deeper insight into the nature of some popular musical genres and challenges assumptions about them through an engagement with literature and creative expressions. It traces the relationship between textuality and music through experimental compositions, explores the queerness of the blues, identifies hip hop with Asian American masculinity, exposes the indigeneity of rock and roll, and encounters the feminism / Chicanisma of punk.