Resource: Syllabus – Digitizing Folk Music History

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Pivoting between technology and tradition—between digital computers and acoustic guitars—in this interdepartmental course, we use tactics of digital analysis to investigate the US folk music revival, from its nineteenth-century origins to the 1960s “Great Folk Scare” to more recent modes of folk revivalism. Students acquire digital skills and fluencies by applying them to historical and contextual thinking about music, culture, politics, economics, identity, community, authenticity, heritage, race, gender, class, region, and the methods of historical research itself. We read primary and secondary sources; listen to Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and others; watch documentary and fictional films; and explore tactics of digital analysis and scholarly communication.

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