This course will examine the role of music in Latin American self-expression. From tango to reggaetón, Latin American musical forms have become global sensations. At the same time, they have been central components of regional and national identities, playing an integral part in cultural rituals and practices as well as in everyday life. We will closely examine how particular musical forms have evolved, paying particular attention to their relationship with power, resistance and change. We will examine particular examples of prevalent musical forms and carefully analyze literature, film, art, and other forms of cultural expression that integrate Latin American music.
SPAN 326 - FALL 2021