Eric Falci, Professor

Open (1) The Poetics of Popular Music

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before February 5th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning January 9th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 23rd at 8 AM.

As part of a larger book project about poetry and music since the beginning of the 19th century, this project will examine popular music in the contemporary period. Its particular aim is to consider popular music within a broader account of the conjunctions and disjunctions between poetry and music within modernity. We'll be interested in the formal, generic, stylistic, and musicological features of popular music, and we'll also think about the cultures and politics of popular music. For our purposes,"popular music" will be defined rather broadly, although we will mainly be concerned with the interaction between music and lyrics, and so we'll tend to focus on musical genres which seem most conducive to those concerns. In general, we'll be thinking about popular music within a literary-critical frame. The goal of the project in the fall semester is to generate a set of theoretical questions that might guide further inquiry, to assemble an archive of sources (both recordings and texts), and to dig into the field of popular music studies.

I envision that the URAP group will meet each week for an hour or so to discuss common readings and report on research. There will be several hours of reading and/or listening each week, as well as more individualized research tasks. The total hours that apprentices will spend each week on the project is negotiable.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs