Assignment for Wednesday, April 26

On Wednesday, April 26, we will work together in class to develop some ideas and strategies for how you can put your observations together and develop an argument for your next draft. To prepare for class, I would like you to develop a tentative outline for your full paper. You will not be bound to stick to this outline, but you should try to figure out how to organize your evidence in a convincing form.

For each section of your paper/outline, try to write a single complete sentence that states a claim based on observation and interview evidence. These claims should be relatively small-scale, since they are operating at a more local level than your eventual thesis. These local claims should try to make some sort of generalization based on an aspect of your evidence.

For at least one of the claims you write, sketch the evidence that you will use to support it. This can be in short phrases or bullet points; it does not need to be in paragraph form.

For that same claim, evaluate the connection between evidence and claim, and write a warrant that links the two. At first, try to write a warrant in the “whenever…then…” form that we discussed in class. Do this even if it seems awkward and unnecessary. Then try to write a more general version of this warrant, one that might be a bit more acceptable to readers. If you want, you can try to rewrite your warrant without the “whenever/then” language.

Finally, make a first attempt at writing a thesis for your paper. This should be a broader claim that encompasses the lower-level claims that you have already written.

Remember, you are not bound by anything you write here, and this is not a formal draft like the others you have been writing. This is simply a chance for you to think about issues of large-scale organization and argument, and to start to put together pieces of evidence into a logical form.

Please bring a hard copy of your outline to class. Electronic copies will not work, as you will have to trade with members of your group. If you cannot print your outline yourself, email it to me by 10:15am on Wednesday and I will print it for you!

Unit 2 Revised Schedule

The following schedule takes the place of the schedule as given on the syllabus.

Week 6

Monday, February 20: Read Neuman, “Becoming a Musician”

Tuesday, February 21: Submit Draft #1 by 12pm (noon) on Moodle

Wednesday, February 22: Peer Critique

Friday, February 24: No Class

Week 7

Monday, February 27: Read Hirschkind, “Hearing Modernity: Egypt, Islam, and the Pious Ear”

Tuesday, February 28: Submit Draft #2 by 12pm (noon) on Moodle

Tuesday—Friday: Meet with your peer critique group, either during regular class time on March 1, or at a time of your choosing

Friday, March 3: Before class, watch “A Voice Like Egypt,” a documentary about Umm Kulthum:

March 6—10: Spring Break

Week 8

Monday, March 13: Read Lausevic, “Why Balkan?”
Watch “A Voice Like Egypt” (see above)

Wednesday, March 15: Read Bohlman, “Diaspora”

Friday, March 17: Read Floyd, “Introduction” and “African-American Modernism, Signifyin(g), and Black Music”

Sunday, March 19: Submit Draft #3 by 12pm on Moodle

Week 9

Peer critique meetings, per the schedule in the Assignments tab

Revised Schedule: Week 4

There’s a slight change to the assignment for week 4. The assignments for Monday and Wednesday will remain as listed in the syllabus: Peer Critique on Monday, 6 February, and Taylor’s article “World Music in Television Ads” for Wednesday, 8 February. However, for Friday, 10 February, we will not discuss a new Bohlman chapter. Instead, you should come prepared to continue discussion of Taylor, and also with questions about any of the concepts from Bohlman that you would like to continue discussing.

Some Website Directions

This website will serve as the primary online hub for WRI101, Section F, “Writing about World Music,” at Davidson College, Fall 2016.

On this site, you will find several bits of useful information: the syllabus, the schedule (which will include reading assignments and project due dates), readings that are not drawn from the required books (password protected), and resources to help with your writing and your study of “world music.” Continue reading “Some Website Directions”