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Entertaining Social Change
AMST 315
Fall 2017 not offered
Crosslisting: ENGL 309, FGSS 315, CHUM 334

How has the systemic critique of social contradictions been popularized in modern times? We will consider the diverse strategies that artists, songwriters/performers, radical historians (working with cartoonists), and moviemakers have developed to entertain Americans--teach them, fascinate them, move them, persuade them, provoke them, make them laugh--so that Americans will be more inclined to entertain social critique. We will explore the popularizing (and the selling) of social critique in several genres: art (Barbara Kruger); graphic history (Howard Zinn, Paul Buhle); songs/song lyrics (Woody Guthrie/protest folksingers); folk-rockstars such as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco, and Father John Misty; the political development of hip-hop (Gil Scott-Heron, NWA); politically edgy comedy (Lenny Bruce, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert); and movies (Malcolm X, Straight Outta Compton, No, Network, Where to Invade Next, Matewan, Wall Street, The Big Short).
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(FGSS)

Last Updated on NOV-28-2023
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