Hip Hop Culture and Style
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLFS 3014
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Fashion Studies
- Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Cultural Studies
This critical introduction to hip hop culture and style considers both the production and consumption of the genre, tracing it from its subcultural beginnings to its current state of global popularity and cross-cultural appeal. This class includes within its scope a range of stylistic, artistic, and musical practices, considering rappers, DJs, dancers, artists, designers, producers, critics, and listeners as important actors making up the genre’s diverse culture. We consider topics such as geographic and political factors in the genre’s spread; the processes of representation and appropriation in hip hop style and music; notions of authenticity and ‘realness’; commercialization and luxury product placement; censorship in relation to depictions of sex and violence; and newly changing attitudes regarding misogyny and homophobia. The key themes of identity, race, gender, sexuality, authenticity, and status will be explored through varied media including album covers, music videos, lyrics, concert footage, films, ad campaigns, and interviews. Pathway: Fashion Studies
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 300-level.
Open to Undergraduate students.