Welcome! I’m looking forward to this class. Please be sure to download a copy of the syllabus. Remember, the weekly plan is tentative — I may change it somewhat — but it gives you a rough idea of what we’ll be looking at. The homework I assigned for next time is to bring a passport-sized […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Welcome to Understanding English and American Pop Cultures, Spring 2010!
Here’s a copy of the Student Information Sheet, in case you need a copy: Student Information Sheet (PDF)Continue Reading... Comments Off on Student Information Sheet
This is a clarification for students in two of my classes: Business Across Cultures, and Understanding English and American Popular Cultures. I have mentioned, or will mention, how we will conduct discussions in class. My explanation confused at least one student, who emailed me, so here goes: When we are going to have a class […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Two Pages
I’ve gotten some questions about the terminology discussed in class. Next time, if you’re fuzzy on something, please be sure to ask in class. I got tied up all day, so it was hard for me to get this posted until Wednesday evening, and I have an appointment so this is going to be quick […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Terminology
Folks, Here’s some stuff to look at, which will help make our next class a little more comprehensible to you in general. First off, we’re going to finish off discussing the pop culture samples you chose for analysis. We already talked about Desperate Housewives and Harry Potter. If you have more to say about those […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Stuff to Look At…
Folks, Here’s the plan for next week: On Tuesday, for the first hour,we will be talking about the European phenomenon of enslaving Africans, but also of putting Africans (and other non-Europeans) on display. I’ll be drawing on Strausbaugh’s book — from which I gave you an excerpt — but also from a few others, including […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on For Next Week
Sorry for the delay. I had a problem with my scanner and had to use the office scanner today. Here’s hoping at least some of you get to see it beforehand. (Though if not, we can move the discussion to Thursday.) Here are Andy Duncan’s comments on the background for his story “Beluthahatchie,” from the […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Comments on Beluthahatchie
Here are some videos I intend to use during my lecture this Tuesday. I’m putting them here so you can refer to them later on: “Traditional” African Music & Dance: “Traditional” European Music & Dance: European Musical Instruments as “Limiting Technology”: Two Lineages of Fusion: Trans-Racial Crossover: Depression Era to 1950s — Smaller Ensembles, More […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on A Crash Course in the History of Jazz (and some other African-American Music)
There are a number of videos featuring his voice on Youtube. Here’s where you can see some of them.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Wanna Hear Langston Hughes?
Folks, We were supposed to spend today discussing: Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” (lyrics here): … and Bessie Smith’s “You Got To Give Me Some” (lyrics here): And then turning to the readings you did on the Harlem Renaissance, from this book (you can get book info from this page at Amazon). We were supposed to […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Plans