Folklore | Music & Nationalism in Latin America
E639 | 28553 | J. León


Fulfills: Area or Theory

Above class meets at 501 N. Park Ave.

This course intends to explore the complex relationship that exists
between changing concepts of nation and national identity, local
social and political processes, and those artists, dancers,
musicians, and composer, whose performances and artistic creations
have come to be seen as a symbol of the nation.  Throughout the
semester we will use various case studies from different parts of
Latin America and the Caribbean as a means of discussing various
aspects of nation-building ideologies and their relevance to the
study of the performing arts in the region.  The course will be
organized both chronologically and thematically.  We will begin by
familiarizing ourselves with some of the foundational theories
regarding nationalism including the work of Anderson, Chatterjee,
Gellner, Giddens, Hobsbawm and Weber.  Drawing on case studies from
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican
Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Trinidad, the course
will then focus on the development of different discourses about
music and the nation.  These include: a) the role of folk, popular,
and pre-Columbian musical traditions in the development of local art
music traditions; b) the institutionalization and canonization of
vernacular musics as state-sponsored folklore; c) the rise of urban
popular dance genres as a symbols of the nation; d) the use of local
forms of musical expression to challenge or reinvent the notion of
the nation.