Culture, Music, and Food of Brazil

HNR 340 - Culture, Music, and Food of Brazil

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2016
Class #: 48240
Section: M005
Credits: 3

Prof. Elisa Dekaney

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Interdisciplinary, Course Global Non-Euro, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
MW 12:45 - 2:05 pm


Course Description:

Brazil is the fifth largest geographic area in the world and an emerging economy that faces great challenges in social equality and economic distribution. Despite its size, racial diversity, and rich biodiversity, Brazilian culture is still quite obscure outside South America and the world of soccer. In a country with such social and economic contrasts, how does culture manifest itself? How do music and food cross over these social and economic boundaries and become national forms of cultural identity? This course will examine Brazilian culture through the intersections of music and food. The readings, discussions, activities, food tasting, and music listening will focus on the musical production that have immortalized signature dishes of Brazilian cuisine, influenced certain accepted social norms of etiquette, and trespassed the racial, economic, and social lines present in Brazilian culture.