Understand the emotional aspect of reform China and the inner feelings of contemporary Chinese people through the country's popular music! How did "red songs" from the cultural revolution become popular songs in the 21st century? How did an "extremely soft and feminine" voice threaten the Chinese Communist Party? Why do songs from the "jazz capital of the Orient" trigger nostalgia? How do underground rock and punk bands negotiate their existence? How is rap in China different from that of the U.S. or anywhere else? How do Chinese artists deal with (trans)gender issues and ethnic minority issues in popular music? What future is there for China's burgeoning "network songs"? Popular music in reform China presents unique issues of state-sponsored popular culture intersecting with bottom-up popular taste and desire; the repressive collective "we" intersecting with the resilient individual "I" in artistic expressions; and the imagined "ancient China" intersecting with contemporary sound and technology. This course offers students opportunities to explore aesthetic, political, and cultural meanings expressed in China's popular music from the 1980s to the present.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Music)(MUSC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Marc Moskowitz, 2010. CRIES OF JOY, SONGS OF SORROW; CHINESE POP MUSIC AND ITS CULTURAL CONNOTATIONS and articles.
|Examination and Assignments: |
2 class presentations, periodic class quizzes based on listening and reading materials, one 5 page midterm written report, one 5-8 page final paper.
|Instructor(s): Zheng,Su Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: MST301; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 2||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 3||FR: 4|