ENGL379R - Special Topics in Literature; The Jazz Paradigm
Jazz has long been described as America's native art form. It has history that is both colorful and exciting, and its historical evolution has not only informed American culture, but has crossed borders into other cultures. Film has increasingly used jazz and jazz themes in musical scores and in the narrative construct. This course examines the jazz narratives in national and international cinemas and even in its penetration into cultural and political dramas. The acceptance of jazz in other parts of the world, the tracing of its roots to Africa and its impact on other cultures as it has impacted individuals living under oppressive political systems will be examined.

Also offered as CMLT398D. Credit granted for CMLT398D or ENGL379R.