May 22, 2019  
2018-2019 University Catalogue 
    
2018-2019 University Catalogue

LITT 233 Art of the Song Lyric

College of Critical & Professional Studies

3 credits 45.0 hours
200 level undergraduate course

A study of how modern song lyrics developed from the ancient tradition of lyric poetry and folk
ballads and hymns, with roots in both Europe and Africa. We will examine a variety of song styles
and attempt to formulate artistic criteria to evaluate them. Why does a song become a hit and
remain popular for years? What organizing structures work best? Are there persistent
themes or conflicts that can be called universal? How does a vocalist interpret or alter a song?
We will also trace the intimate interconnection of popular music and dance in modern media.

Prerequisites COMP*102, COMP*102E, COMP*112, or COMP*112H

This course is not repeatable for credit.
This course can fulfill a critical studies elective or free elective requirement.