Studies in Popular Literature and Mass Media

L210 — Spring 2020

Ivan Kreilkamp
Days and Times
2:30 - 3:45 TR
Course Description

TOPIC: “Dancing About Architecture? Writing & Rock Music”

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” This famous line suggests that music and writing are so different that it’s nearly impossible to use one to address the other. In this Discovery Lab (taught by an English professor who had a former life as a rock journalist), we’ll prove that adage wrong by exploring powerful writing about rock (and pop) music: both contemporary novels and poetry, and ambitious music criticism. We will also try our hands at writing about music in several different genres—taking advantage of the wealth of local live music opportunities -- including record review, live music review, personal essay, and fiction.