New Fall 2020 Course: Black Sound

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May 11, 2020


Black Sound: Rhetoric, Performance, Poethics

We will traverse a number of fields, including performance, black study, and sound, in our consideration of how blackness manifests in, and provides an analytic through which to explore, voice, music-making, listening, and modern and contemporary soundscapes. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with approaches to study and writing, drawn from sound practices.

Prof. Fumi Okiji is the author of Jazz as Critique: Adorno and Black Expression Revisited, a book that shows black music to be an expression of a type of life that incessantly (and, most often, inadvertently) calls into question the world’s integrity. She is also a music practitioner.

Rhetoric 123: Rhetoric of Performance
*New time: MW 10:30-12:00pm 
**This course fulfills both the Image & Narrative and Public Discourse concentrations.