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EN3219   Reading Popular Music

Academic year(s): 2020-2021

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 2.00 pm Mon

This module combines literary and cultural studies approaches in surveying American and British popular music in the postwar era, but especially in the period 1960-1990. We propose to study songs as texts and as cultural artefacts which open up questions about the status of popular music as art, about the politics of popular music, about authenticity and appropriation, and about the relations between technology and capital. Consideration will also be given to the history of writing about popular music in this era, in the popular press and in academic journals like 'Popular Music'. Artists to be studied may include: Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Odetta Holmes, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, Howling Wolf, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, NWA, Public Enemy, DJ Kool Herc.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MO3524

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture (x11 weeks), 1 tutorial (x11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 261

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr M C Augustine
Module teaching staff: Dr Matthew Augustine, Dr Harriet Archer