Place, Word, Sound: 
New Orleans
(English/Rhetoric s29)

Information session photo album Course description cost and dates selection process and calendar Reading list

Information Session
Date: Monday December 9, 2002
Time: 4 p.m.

Place: Pettigrew 200


This unit offers an interdisciplinary and experiential approach to the study of New Orleans, the most African city in continental North America. The goal of this course is to understand the impact of place on culture and aesthetic practices, to learn how institutions represent New World and creole transformations of Africanity, and to introduce students to historical and contemporary debates about African influences in the United States. Students examine cultural memory, questions of power, and definitions of cultural terrain as expressed in literature, art, music, and architecture. In addition to attending the seven day Jazz and Heritage Festival, students visit various sites of literary, cultural, and historical significance to New Orleans. 

Cost:   $3039. (includes admission to 8-day Jazz Fest, all meals, lodging, field trips, and transportation)

The course meets in New Orleans April 23- May 18, 2003 -- 26 Days

Selection Process, Dates, and Times:
9 January 2003

Students interested in the course should turn in a 2 page essay based upon reading and listening materials onPermanent Reserve in Ladd Library. This essay is due by 4:30 p.m. Please attach two (2) copies of the essay to a completed Universal Petition for Entry into Limited Enrollment Courses that is available on the Registrar's web page. Leave the completed form and essay in a file available in Pettigrew 210.

The readings and recordings provide multiple perspectives on New Orleans. This city is at once a catalyst for creativity and a site of lonstanding socio-political inequities, a paradox of cultural hybridity and distinct Africanity, set against a backdrop of collective and individual discontent, struggle, and triumph. In a 2 page double-spaced essay, reflect on what images of New Orleans you gain from the readings and recordings and what perspectives you would add to an interdisciplinary and experiential study of this momentous American city and its literary and artistic traditions. In other words, what would you bring to this class and our understanding of New Orleans? (While you are not required to cite all of the required readings and recordings for this assighment, you should find an imaginative way to demonstrate that you have evaluated the materials.)

10 January 2003

Notification will be made for students selected for interviews. This notification will be posted on the course web site and in Pettigrew 210 by 2:00 p.m. Selected students must sign up for an interview by 4:30 p.m. Sign-up sheet is in Pettigrew 210.

11-12 January 2003

Interviews with Professors Nero and Ruffin

13 January 2003

Announcement of students selected for the course and alternates

Reading List and Music Compilation on Reserve

Students should refer to this list to complete the essay.

Music CD                                                        Reading List
The Meters.
Hey Pocky A-Way
Salaam, Kalamu ya.  From a Bend in the River. 100 New Orleans Poets (Excerpts)
Smiley Lewis
Vlach, John Michael. “Afro-Americans.”  America’s Architectural Roots.
Fats Domino
I’m Walking
Nero, Charles I.  “Protest Literature of the Gens de Couleur.” 
Irma Thomas
I Done Got Over
Voosen, Ingerline Alexis. “Germaine Bazzle.” (Available in Professor Nero's and Professor Ruffin's Reserve Boxes, Pettigrew 210
Mahalia Jackson 
I Will Move On Up a Little Higher
My God Is Real
Neville Brothers
Sister Rosa
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Derek Lee Ragin, Moses Hogan, and the New Orleans Chamber Choir 
Ole Time Religion
Professor Longhair
Big Chief, pt. 1
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Clifton Chenier
Zydeco Cha Cha
Louis Armstrong and The Hot Fives   Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
Wynton Marsalis
Where Or When
Germaine Bazzle
Where Or When


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