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Instructor Info:Wilson Valentin-Escobar
Office Extension x5102
Term: 2014F
Meeting Info: Tuesday
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 103
Description: Employing a Trans-Latin@/American Studies frame work, this seminar will utilize interdisciplinary perspectives to analyze the complex social, historical, and cultural processes and practices that have constituted U.S. Latin@, Caribbean, and Latin American musical genres and practices. The course aims to complicate the linear narratives that comprise cultural and historical knowledge and performance practices around Diasporic Cuban, Puerto Rican/Nuyorican, Dominican, and Brazilian music and dance. Hence, we will discuss and analyze: (1) the shared cultural histories and diasporic intimacies between Latin@, Afro-Caribbean, Latin American and African American communities; (2) music as constituted by race, gender, geography, history and politics; (3) the overlapping historical formations across various Latin@ communities; (4) the syncretic and disjunctive elements of various musical forms (the poetics of sound); (5) how (trans)national and global imaginaries construct, encode, and decode the production and reception of particular musical genres (tropicalization; appropriation, etc.); and (6) critically interrogate the modernist discourses of origins and authenticity. As this is an advanced level seminar with considerable reading and writing, the prior completion of a course in either Latin@ Studies, Africana Studies, and/or Latin American Studies is minimally required. Depending on the performance schedule of area venues, we may attend live music or dance events/concerts.