PORT 6440 Brazilian Popular Music

This course offers an in-depth inquiry into Brazilian cultural history through the prism of popular music, often regarded as Brazil's most accomplished field of artistic production. Genres and cultural phenomena to be covered include samba, choro, baio, bossa nova, protest music, Tropiclia, and Mangue Beat, as well as international styles such as rock, reggae, and rap in local context. The study of music provides the basis for the exploration of issues such as nationalism, regionalism, developmentalism, authoritarianism, and globalization.