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Spring 2011-2012
AAS 310 / ENG 324 / MUS 256 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Music from the Hispanophone Caribbean

Alexandra T. Vazquez

This interdisciplinary seminar utilizes the musical cultures of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba to reflect upon the aesthetic, migratory, and social histories of the Hispanophone Caribbean. Students will listen to the sounded legacies of conquest, slavery, colonialism, and U.S. intervention and occupation. The effects of transnational migration on music's performance and reception will also be one of the key themes in the course. We will not only consider the creative traditions and receptive worlds embedded in musical recordings, but will also pay attention to music's traces in literature, film, and other ephemera.

Sample reading list:
Kamau Brathwaite, Roots
Emilio Grenet, Popular Cuban Music
Francis Aparicio, Listening to Salsa
Ronald Radano and Philip Bohlman, Music and the Racial Imagination
Celeste Fraser Delgado and José Esteban Muñoz, eds., Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America
Raquel Rivera, Wayne Marshall, Deborah Pacini, eds., Reggaeton
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 150-200 pages per week. Students are also required to keep a listening journal.

Final Exam - 30%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41173 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:9 Limit:15