Cities and the Arts: New Orleans (Session D)
MTuWTh 2-4P, 106 MOFFITT
More than parade floats, cheap beads, and “Huge Ass Beers,” the arts of New Orleans encompass an enormous range of creative expression owing to its complex history. Among the most significant threads include the city’s position within French, Spanish, and American colonialism; the traffic in African slaves; the displacement of and settlement alongside Native Americans; and efforts to tame its swampy climate to serve global economic ambitions. What is the result of over three centuries of multicultural mixing and transcultural movement? If you were to survey just a few of the city’s nicknames—The Crescent City, The Big Easy, the birthplace of jazz, the northernmost Caribbean city, “the City that Bush Forgot,” or “the gateway to America’s soul”—you would find that the answers are as suggestive as they are multiple.
This course will include reading, short writing responses, discussion, and exams. Per university policy, this class will not distribute alcohol nor include alcohol consumption.