ENGL462 - Folksong and Ballad

A cross-section of American folk and popular songs in their cultural contexts; artists from Bill Monroe to Robert Johnson.

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.
Prerequisites: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.