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Spring 2012-2013
* POR 304 / LAS 311 / MUS 300 (LA)  

Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Social History - Music and the Atlantic World

Bruno M. Carvalho

This course focuses on major aspects of Brazilian music, history and society. How did vibrant and rich musical traditions emerge from the confluence of transatlantic diasporas? What are the potentials and limits of studying music as a way of generating insight into racial relations, religion, globalization, popular culture and national identity? We will discuss European and African diasporas; modernization (urbanization, radio, etc.); utopian explosions of the 1960s; the digital era. Students will experience some of the most exciting and memorable musical expressions of the past century, including samba, bossa nova, rap, and choro.

Sample reading list:
Caetano Veloso, Verdade Tropical
Hermano Vianna, O Mundo Funk Carioca
Lisa Shaw, The Social History of Brazilian Samba
Bryan McCann, Hello, Hello Brazil

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will be in Portuguese and English. Classes will be taught in Portuguese, though discussions can be held in Portuguese or English. Students will listen to selected songs before coming to class. Oral presentations, short papers, one term paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
POR 208 or instructor's permission.

Other information:
Music by Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, João Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Luis Gonzaga, Racionais MC's, Cartola, Clementina de Jesus, Nelson Cavaquinho, Criolo, Noel Rosa and others.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41148 C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   East Pyne Building   339   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed