SAME AS SCA-UA 721.
Moving from the recordings of 1920s blues women to those of Beyoncé. We will examine the musical practices of African-American women in different genres at different periods in the 20th and 21st centuries. Our goal is to learn about both the content and the context of these musical productions in order to develop and refine our understanding of the significance of music and music-making for these producers and the audiences that supported them. We will use an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on perspectives from African-American studies, black feminist thought, anthropology, ethnomusicology, musicology, and history to learn about these producers, their music, and the social, political, and historical contexts in which they worked.