This unit explores the cultural history of and intersections between sexuality, race and rock music in the United States from Elvis to Beyonce. Influenced by black and working-class cultures, and with sexuality embedded in its form and practice, rock music challenged and transformed existing norms of family, sex and gender. Through subjects including Black women, glam rock, and disco, we will learn that rock music, far from frivolous, provided a realm for rebellion, freedom, community and profit.
1x2hr Lecture, 1x1hr Tutorial per week
Participation (10%), 1x500wd Group Presentation (10%), 1x2500wd Research Paper (40%), 1x1000wd Research Paper Proposal (25%), 1x500wd Annotated Bibliography (15%)