Popular Literature: Global Hip Hop
Since its origins in the New York City borough of the Bronx in the late 1970s, hip hop has become a truly global phenomenon. This class will look at the history and characteristics of rap and hip hop, with an emphasis on the various forms it takes in different sites across the globe, including North America, Europe, and Africa. Paying particular attention to the United States and South Africa as case studies, we will ask how rap shifts and transforms in response to the differing artistic traditions and political frameworks of the places in which it takes root. And if all goes well, we will actually coordinate at least some sessions with a class being held at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. In addition to other requirements, students will prepare and present their own research project on hip hop in another part of the world.