Korean Music from Gugak to K-pop|
Spring 2014 not offered
This course will survey various genres of Korean music. We will start 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 that 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Chua, Beng Huat and Koichi Iwabuchi, eds. 2008. EAST ASIAN POP CULTURE: ANALYSING THE KOREAN WAVE.
Hesselink, Nathan, ed 2001. CONTEMPORARY DIRECTIONS: KOREAN FOLK MUSIC ENGAGING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND BEYOND.
Howard, Keith, 2006. PRESERVING KOREAN MUSIC: INTANGIBLE CULTURAL PROPERTIES AS ICONS OF IDENTITY. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing.
Howard, Keith, ed 2006. KOREAN POP MUSIC: RIDING THE WAVE.
Kwon, Donna Lee, 2011. MUSIC IN KOREA: EXPERIENCING MUSIC, EXPRESSING CULTURE.
Other readings TBA
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Quizzes, midterm, presentation, final paper (6-8 pages), occasional assignments
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