Text, Image, Sound - American History Through Music

CLLC-L 110 / CLASS 22624 — Fall 2021

Foster-Martin FQ012b
Days and Times
Tu/Th 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Throughout US history, music has been used to foster national unity, patriotism, and consensus. It has also served as a powerful modality for expressions of dissent and distinctive cultural identities within a pluralistic society. Through four thematic units – music and protest, music and nationalism, music and identity, music and empire – students will scrutinize key aspects of modern US historiography, 1865 to the present, with an emphasis on these tensions between unity and pluralism in American music and culture. We will engage in active, intersectional listening from different styles, regions, and time periods. Assignments will encourage students to explore new genres and to reflexively examine their own tastes and musical cultures. Students will develop a precise understanding of music’s role in American life over time that we can apply to critical issues in our world today.


Instructor: Kelly Bosworth

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)