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Fall 2017-2018
* POR 304 / LAS 311 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Social History - Sound and Sense

Pedro Meira Monteiro

What happens when sound and sense meet? Do silent letters provoke sound and movement? Is sound political and does it have a grammar? We will explore how the distinction between music and mere noise informs our understanding of politics and history. In a journey through sound events, composition, performance, fiction, poetry and journalism, with a special focus on Brazil from the birth of the Republic (1889) to the present, this seminar explores the points at which the aural, the corporeal and the linguistic become entangled. Musical genres we will study include funk, tecnobrega, hip hop, samba, club music, bossa nova and more.

Sample reading list:
Ana María Ochoa, Aurality
Pedro Meira Monteiro and Michael Stone (ed.), Cangoma Calling: Spirits and Rhythms of Freedom
José Miguel Wisnik, The Gay Science
Jean-Luc Nancy, Listening
João Cabral de Melo Neto, Obra completa (sel.)
Hermano Vianna, Funk e cultura popular carioca
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will be in Portuguese and English, an average of 100 pages per week. Classes will be taught in Portuguese. According to their interests, students will produce their own sound archives throughout the course, which will be discussed in the classroom, classified and posted to a digital platform for ongoing public consultation. A midterm and a final research paper will be required. Digital archival research will account for 40% of the final grade,

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
POR 208 or POR 207S or instructor's permission..

Other information:
This course is co-taught by Professor Pedro Meira Monteiro and graduate student Charlie Hankin through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative. Music by Caetano Veloso, José Miguel Wisnik, Arnaldo Antunes, Os Mutantes, Tom Zé, Anitta, Valesca Popozuda, João Gilberto, Racionais MC's, Seu Jorge, Milton Nascimento, Karina Buhr, Fernanda Abreu, among many others.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21311 C01 07:30:00 pm - 08:50:00 pm M W   McCormick Hall   274   Enrolled:11 Limit:18