ENGL368B - Special Topics in the Literature of Africa and the African Diaspora; Blues and African American Folksong
This course explores the rich variety of African American song–blues, ballads, spirituals, gospel, reels, worksong, zydeco, rhythm and blues, soul–in the context of the community events that supported these styles. We will focus on song as community expression, entertainment, ritual and social commentary in relation to African American folklore, American music history and the record industry. Midterm and final research paper.
  • Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.
Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.