Sampling and Remix: Aesthetics and Politics of Cultural Appropriation

Description: Seminar, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or English as a Second Language 36. Limited to College Honors students. Contemporary media literacy has spurred production of amateur remixes of songs, films, images, and other media texts. But this is only one moment within far-reaching genealogy of cultural appropriation. Use of remix as lens through which to explore aesthetics and politics of historical and contemporary forms of cultural appropriation, including remixes of political speech, viral videos, and comedy mashups. Examination of fine line between honorific cultural allusion and allegations of theft. Satisfies Writing II requirement. P/NP or letter grading.

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