610012 Critical Interfaces: American Cultures: Popular Music Cultures

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610012
Critical Interfaces: American Cultures: Popular Music Cultures
PS 2
5
weekly
each semester
English

Refreshing and expanding knowledge of theories of and methods for analysing pop culture, subcultures, ideology and media representations; acquisition of basic knowledge on popular music cultures and specialization on one particular genre; development of analytical skills and cultural competence.

In this Proseminar we will be treating North American cultures of popular music.

After clarifying basic terms such as "popular music", "mainstream" and "subculture" (where applicable) and acquiring methods for describing music cultures we will take a survey of different genres. Of interest are, naturally, blues, pop and rock (for instance Robert Johnson, Elvis, The Grateful Dead, Madonna and Lady Gaga) but equally welcome are heavy metal (Metallica, Morbid Angel), house, dubstep (Skrillex) as well as avant-garde (John Zorn, Sun City Girls) and crossover formations (such as Faith No More and Nine Inch Nails).

We will examine the stylistic specifics of these genres but even more so socio-economic relations, that is, questions of production, distribution and consumption, of media representations and, last but not least, of audience demography.

Readings, discussions, and presentations

Active in-class participation, presentation, term paper

It is recommendable to revisit Dick Hebdige‘s Subculture: The Meaning of Style and to have a look at Andy Bennett’s Cultures of Popular Music (introduction freely accessible online at the Open University Press). Further material will be discussed in the first session.

Prerequisite for the Bacherlor's Programme (612): positive completion of compulsory module 19, for the Teacher Training Programme (Lehramtsstudium: 344): VO2: Introduction to American Literary Studies

For the Teacher Training Programme (Lehramtsstudium: 344):PS2: American Culture.

Due to substantial differences in the allocation of ECTS-Credits in various curricula (teacher training program - BA/MA English and American Studies), the requirements for this course vary. Information will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the course. 

01.10.2014
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Date Time Location
Wed 2014-10-01
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-10-08
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-10-15
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-10-22
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-10-29
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-11-05
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-11-12
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-11-19
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-11-26
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-12-03
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2014-12-10
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2015-01-07
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2015-01-14
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2015-01-21
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Wed 2015-01-28
12.00 - 13.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free