Folklore | Theorizing African American Music
F609 | 16242 | Maultsby

Meets with AAAD-A 590, AMST-G 751.  This course will introduce
students to the theoretical perspectives rendered in the seminal
publications on African American music by scholars of folklore,
sociology, philosophy, history, English, anthropology, musicology,
ethnomusicology, language arts, and cultural studies. We will
critique the methodological and analytical approaches employed from
the 19th century to present and how they shaped underlying
assumptions in narratives on diverse topics such as origins,
aesthetics, musical transformation, authenticity, representation,
appropriation, and diasporic connections. This course also will also
examine the recurrent themes of race, culture, class, and gender in
these narratives and how they influenced the ideological
perspectives of a given historical period and socio-cultural-
political context. Genres studied will include Negro spirituals,
18th & 19th century secular forms, jazz, blues, gospel, popular
forms (including hip-hop), and women-identified music.