How Race Defines American Music

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

How Race Defines Amer Music

Fall 2021

Taught By: Evan Rapport

Section: A

CRN: 11063

Credits: 4

The musical life of the United States is thoroughly bound up with the ever-shifting concept of race. In this course, students consider the enduring relationship between racial stereotypes, representations, and categories and the ways that Americans create and consume music. Topics include blackface minstrelsy, orientalism, industry marketing strategies, creative responses to historical and political events, connections between race and musicians’ careers and repertoires, and links between race, class, gender, and sexuality. The syllabus focuses on the 1910s to the 1960s as the period in which ideas of American music fully solidified and became attached to particular formations of race, especially whiteness and blackness. To supplement this material, we will also study the second half of the nineteenth century and recent or contemporary situations that shed further light on the course’s primary issues. Students will complete a research paper or project that is developed over the course of the semester.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:50am 9/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 002

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021