MUS114 – Summer 2021 – Session B – Week 4


  1. P1 papers are due today, Friday, and we will begin grading them as soon as Saturday. 
  2. Check in: How are you, and what is one thing you’ve been listening to that has been getting you through? 


  1. hooks, bell. 2003. “Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace.” In The Politics of Women’s Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior. Second edition. Rose Weitz, ed. Pp 122-32.
    1. What is culture? (We getting real meta today, folks!)
      1. Can culture be owned? 
        1. Hint: who during our discussions of cultural appropriation think cultural is structural? 
      2. What is a cultural object? Examples? 
    2. What does it mean for culture to be commodified? 
    3. Talk to me about Tina Turner; who were they and what was the point hooks was making with this particular case study? 
    4. What is the critique hooks levies against Turner? 
    1. How were other Black women choosing to perform their personas? Examples? 
    1. Contemporary examples? 
      1. Lizzo? 

  1. Frith, Simon. 1996. “Rhythm: Race, Sex, and the Body.” In Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music. Pp. 123-44.
    1. Two part lesson: On writing, and On Race and Body
      1. What is Frith saying about the association between Blackness and dance/embodiment/rhythm?
        1. What about whiteness, what is associated with it?
      2. This assumption: essential or socially constructed? (Not that these are always binaries).
    2. How does Frith accomplish this argument? What are the moves he uses when he is writing?

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