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Music & Amer Lit

What special insight into American literature can be gained by linking literary texts to musical ones? This course examines the various ways in which popular musical forms, tropes, performance styles, mythologies (and so forth) have shaped, and been shaped by, twentieth-century American literature. Musical genres considered include blues, hip hop, punk, Tex-Mex, soul, and country. Weekly responsibilities include intensive and systematic listening as well as reading assignments.

Pre Requisites: Pre-req = Junior level standing and 2 AMST courses, or Permission of Instructor

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