Gateway Seminar: History of Calypso


This course explores the origins, development and the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural significance of the musical form called Calypso which emerged in the Caribbean during the era of colonization & plantation slavery by the 19th century. The aspirations of Caribbean peoples are expressed and captured in calypso within and outside the Caribbean wherever they formed new communities of immigrants. Some of the themes to be examined in the course include Caribbean politics, international affairs, empire, colonialism, imperialism, race, gender, migration, carnival, movies, World War I and II and calypso abroad in the United States and United Kingdom. Instructor: Gaspar
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • CZ
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring