Folklore | American Vernacular Music
F625 | 24917 | Burdette

Meets with F351.  In this course you will survey and explore several
genres of music-making in America.  Regionalism, ethnicity, and
community history will factor heavily into our choice of genres to
study.  Some of the regionally inflected genres we will examine
include bluegrass, blues, string band music, polka, shape-note
singing, Cajun, Zydeco, salsa and Tex-Mex.  Symbolic uses of place
and the past, as well as the impact of mass mediums of distribution
will all be recurrent areas of analysis.  This course will bridge the
work of folklore and ethnomusicology as we examine the concepts of
community, style, traditionalization, ethnicity, and identity.