History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-003: Popular Music in the Americas
(Spring 2018)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Nguyen Engineering Building 1103

Section Information for Spring 2018

This course will examine the transnational and cross-cultural history of popular music in the United States and Latin America. Though we are used to thinking of rock music as a purely North American invention and salsa as a "Latin" one, such simplifications hide a rich history of borrowing and mixing. Since the mid-nineteenth century North American audiences have listened to Latin American musicians playing exotic musical styles, and audiences throughout Latin America have avidly followed the latest musical trends in the North. All of this cross-cultural listening, and the recording and marketing strategies that made it possible, had major effects on the kinds of music people played and even on the identities they formed. In this class, students will study this complex process by reading both scholarly studies and primary sources as well as by careful listening.

Topic Varies

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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