Folklore | Hip Hop Music and Culture
F389 | 15366 | F. Orejuela

This seminar course will ask questions about the role of hip hop
culture in contemporary American society. We will also explore
recent debates about mainstreaming an African American musical art
form, the role and responsibility of the artist, as well as the
concept of tradition, creativity and the emerging scholarship on hip
hop. Unlike the survey course, which takes a more historical
approach to the study of hip hop, we will examine hip hop as a
cultural movement with complex cultural, social and political ties
to the past, present, and future of African America and the African
diaspora. We will address issues in hip hop as opposed to a
chronology and delve into the theoretical notions and application
of “performance.” Classes designated for automatic IW credit must be
limited to no more than 25 students.

This course requires the use of a password-protected website: . Only students enrolled in the course will
have access to the web site. You can access the site using your IU
username and password starting on the first day of class.

Required Texts:
Forman, Murray and Mark Anthony Neal (eds.). That’s the Joint: The
Hip-Hop Studies Reader. New York: Routledge. 2004 The Art of Emceeing. Atlanta, GA:Boss Up, Inc.

Selected articles on E-reserve at the library.

ONE book of your choice related to Hip Hop Scholarship.

OPTIONAL TEXT FOR IW STUDENT: Harvey, Michael. The Nuts and Bolts of
College Writing. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Co. 2003. The
author’s website is a possible alternative:

Fulfills COAS Arts and Humanities, CSA, IW