Folklore | Theorizing Hip-Hop Music & Culture
F527 | 2427 | Maultsby


This course explores theoretical issues that frame hip-hop as both a
sociological and musical phenomenon.  We will examine multi-
disciplinary approaches of scholars and journalists in their
treatment of issues including aesthetics, authenticity, identity,
globalization, music and meaning, and genre classification.  We will
also examine models constructed specifically for analyzing musical
structures and technical components of hip-hop music.  One objective
of the course is to assess the validity of new theories and methods
put forth by scholars in their quest to objectify and broaden the
discourse on hip-hop.

Required Texts:
Krims, Adam. Rap Music and the Poetics of Identity. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Mitchell, Tony ed. Global Noise: Rap and Hip Hop outside the U.S.A.
	Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 2002.
Perkins,William Eric ed. Dropping Science: Critical Essays on Rap
Music and Hip Hop Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press,
1996
Rose, Tricia. Black Noise. Weselyan CT: Weselyan Press, 1994.

Recommended Text:
Light, Alan. The Vibe History of Hip Hop. New York: Three Rivers
Press, 1999.

Final Grade:
Research paper (20-25 pages)  50 pts.
Leading class discussion          15 pts.
Mid-term essay exam               25
Participation			   10