Summer 2011 Course Descriptions

Folklore 162 AC
The Narrative Construction of Reality: The Marvelous / The Monstrous
07/05-08/12/11 MTuWTh 12-2P
221 KROEBER
CONRAD, J A
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Why do the stories we tell and those that capture our imaginations so frequently deal with that which astounds us…that which shatters our conventional wisdom about the ways in which the world operates?
     
Why do the stories we tell so often focus that which is unknown onto well known narrative figures – Cannibals, Monsters, Zombies, etc

This course seeks to investigate our endless fascination with, attraction to, and revulsion at awesome spectacles – displays of the marvelous and the monstrous.  We will look at the changing notions of the marvelous in the context of changing scientific paradigms, the production of knowledge, and political imperatives.  At the more personal level, we will examine our insistent fascination with difference, however it is determined, as it informs our own presentations of self.

Music 26AC
Music in American Culture
05/23-07/01/11 MTuWTh 2-4P
125 MORRISON
HSU, P K
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Two perspectives are developed: 1) diverse music of groups in America and 2) American music as a unique phenomenon. Groups considered are African, Asian, European, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American. Lectures and musical examples are organized by topics such as music of socio-economic subgroups within large groups, survival of culture, pan-ethnicity, religious and concert music, and the folk-popular music continuum.
Music 26AC
Music in American Culture
07/05-08/12/11 MTuWTh 10-12P
125 MORRISON
SALOIS, K
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Two perspectives are developed: 1) diverse music of groups in America and 2) American music as a unique phenomenon. Groups considered are African, Asian, European, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American. Lectures and musical examples are organized by topics such as music of socio-economic subgroups within large groups, survival of culture, pan-ethnicity, religious and concert music, and the folk-popular music continuum.
Music 139
Topics in Musics of the World: "Music and Trance"
05/23-07/01/11 MTuWTh 10-12P
128 MORRISON
FUSON, T D
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This course examines the relationship between music and altered states of consciousness, including trance. In addition to surveying music in traditional ritual performances (including possession, shamanism and ecstatic trances), we will also look at non-ritual performances from across the world (both popular and classical). We will pay particular attention to musical interaction and to the way altered states impact acts of musical expression. Cultural as well as physiological viewpoints will be considered.
Music 139
Topics in Musics of the World: "Music and Theater in East Asia"
07/05-08/12/11 68370
128 MORRISON
HSU, P K
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This course explores the sounds, cultural engagements, and sociopolitical significances of influential transnational musical styles and musical theaters from East Asia. Themes of group identity, class, gender, ethnicity, globalization, and modernization are addressed.

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