David M. Nixon
Explores a particular topic in American culture that highlights the methodological tools needed to integrate the interpretation of cultural texts, including literature, film, music, and art, with their historical contexts.
An in-depth consideration of American popular music styles from about 1840 to the present day. Analysis of representative pieces; consideration of critical and aesthetic issues relating to popular music; We will especially focus on the connections between popular music and American culture and society.
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NOTE: students who cannot make it to the first week of class are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED from taking this class, as you will lose points that CANNOT BE MADE UP.
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