21M.775 Hip Hop, Spring 2003
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Subject explores the political and aesthetic foundations of hip hop. Students trace the musical, corporeal, visual, spoken word, and literary manifestations of hip hop over its thirty year presence in the American cultural imagery. Students also investigate specific black cultural practices that have given rise to its various idioms. Students create material culture related to each thematic section of the course. Scheduled work in performance studio help students understand how hip hop is created and assessed. From the course home page: Course Description This course explores the political and aesthetic foundations of hip hop. It traces the musical, corporeal, visual, spoken word, and literary manifestations of hip hop over its thirty-five year presence in the American cultural imaginary. It also investigates specific black cultural practices that have given rise to its various idioms. Hip hop has invigorated the academy, inspiring scholarship rooted in black musical and literary traditions. This course assesses these sharp breaks and flamboyant versionings of hip hop that have occurred within the academy.
Dance, Rap, visual culture, Music, history, literature, sexuality, mysogyny, feminism, electronic music, activism, politics, consumerism, race, artist, political, aesthetic, musical, corporeal, visual, spoken word, literary, American cultural imagery, African American, cultural practices, material culture, performance studio, hip hop style, rapping, break, breaking, beats, dj, dee jay, turntables, mic, mc, graffiti, fashion, sex, feminist, electronica, mediated performance, anarchy, commodity fetishism, globalization, whiteness, realness, journalism, criticism, autobiography, black, Rap (Music) -- History and criticism