Folklore | Black Music in America
F609 | 2433 | 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.
K. Anthony Appiah and Amy Gutmann. Color Conscious: The Political
Morality of Race. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
Jon Cruz, Culture on the Margins: The Black Spiritual and the Rise of
American Cultural Interpretation. Princeton: Princeton University
Guthrie P. Ramsey, Race Music. Berkeley: University of California
Tricia Rose, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary
America. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994.
Portia Maultsby, The Evolution of African-American Music (poster)—
available in class at wholesale rate.
Horton James Oliver and Lois E. Horton. 2001. Hard Road to Freedom:
The Story of African America. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
Written Assignments ; Two take home exams ; A final paper that
critiques the literature.