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Korean Music from Gugak to K-pop
MUSC 262
Spring 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: EAST 252

This course will survey various genres of Korean music. We will start out by examining traditional genres of gugak (literally, "national music"), and the context of their development as Korea modernized over the last century. The growth of gugak and the crystallization of certain genres occurred in relation to the influx of outside forces, most notably Western music, which brought on a need to preserve the Korean. Thus we will consider music's role as a marker of national and cultural identity. A significant part of this course will look at the rise of popular culture and music in Korea, specifically through the cultural phenomenon now widely known as the Korean Wave (hallyu). The unprecedented popularity of Korean TV dramas and the recent surge of K-pop have begun to gain media attention around the globe, as the nation now brands its image through popular culture. In addition to the musical genres covered, we will look at the use and portrayal of Korean musics in films, documentaries, and TV dramas to examine the intersection of nationalism, cultural identity, and globalization in contemporary Korea.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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