Folklore | Black Music in America
F609 | 26103 | Maultsby
This course, organized topically, will present a chronological
overview of the primary genres of African American music, from
slavery to the present. Emphasis will be placed on understanding
the separate identities of the individual genres, while at the same
time examining those processes by which they are interrelated and
are cultural objects for appropriation. Topics to be explored
include music research and criticism, aesthetics of style, musical
transformation and representation, musical appropriation, and inter-
and intra-cultural interactions. Central themes to be addressed are
issues of race and culture, class, identity, authenticity,
ownership, gender, and multiple levels of meaning.
Mellonee V. Burnim and Portia K. Maultsby eds. African American
Music: An Introduction. New York: Routledge Press, 2006.
Jon Cruz, Culture on the Margins: The Black Spiritual and the Rise
of American Cultural Interpretation. Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1999.
Guthrie P. Ramsey, Race Music. Berkeley: University of California
Horton James Oliver and Lois E. Horton. 2001. Hard Road to Freedom:
The Story of African America. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
Written assignments and a final paper in the form of a proposal.