This reading schedule (as well as the section titles) is meant to be suggestive, not prescriptive, chronological, or inclusive. In the event we find that we need to spend more time on a text/section than originally allocated (or allow more time for oral reports and films), we can adjust our syllabus accordingly. Please expect short video and audio clips regularly -- they are not (always) listed on the syllabus. You should also know that one of the signs of a good class discussion is that we will not have time to address all the reading that has been assigned for a certain day. Let's proceed with the understanding that teaching and learning, like life, is a set of contingencies full of improvisations!
To be a jazz freedom fighter is to attempt to galvanize and energize world-weary people into forms of organization with accountable leadership that promote critical exchange and broad reflection. The interplay of individuality and unity is not one of uniformity and unanimity imposed from above but rather of conflict among diverse groupings that reach a dynamic consensus subject to questioning and criticism. As with a soloist in a jazz quartet, quintet or band, individuality is promoted in order to sustain and increase the creative tension with the group--a tension that yields higher levels of performance to achieve the aim of the collective project. – Cornel West, Race Matters
The Jazz Age - What's the Fuzz about all that Buzz (and Fizz)?
The Prehistory of Jazz
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Bard of Jazz—Reality and Myth
Toomer in Tune with the Time (Gone Past) — Harlem and the Critical Mass
Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
Voices from the Other and Upper (East) Side - The Harlem Renaissance Before and After
Jazz in Junction City - The Hub of Rails and Reeds
Literature, Labor, and the Red Scare
Art of the 1920s and 30s - Jamming Session
Making Sound History - Radio and the Talkies
Rewriting the 20s: The Fiction of History
|The final word, instead of a final exam