Prof. Denise Cruz, English, University of Toronto


Winter 2017

Week 11, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
“Smile,” Nat King Cole
“Eleanor Rigby,” The Beatles
“Empire State of Mind, Part II” (Broken Down), Alicia Keys
“Run,” Leona Lewis
“Everybody Hurts,” Ariane Moffat

Week 10, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
“I am the Walrus,” The Beatles
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
“Any Other World,” MIKA
“Harder Better Faster Stronger,” Daft Punk
“Blackbird,” The Beatles

Week 9, Tenth of December and “The Embassy of Cambodia”
“Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
“9 to 5,” Dolly Parton
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” Eurythmics
“Sound and Color,” Alabama Shakes
“You Are a Tourist,” Death Cab for Cutie
“Battle Cry,” Angel Haze & Sia

Week 8
Mona Awad, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, and George Saunders, Tenth of December
“Can’t Fight it,” Quintino and Cheat Codes
“Beyond the Sea,” Bobby Darin
“It’s a Hard Knock Life,” Jay Z
“Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” Smashing Pumpkins
“Royals,” Lorde

Week 4: Soucouyant
“Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love),” Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman, and Buddy Bregman Orchestra
“Secrets,” The Weeknd
“Four Women,” Nina Simone
“Take Care,” Drake ft. Rihanna
“It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” Bob Dylan
“Migration,” Bonobo

Week 3: Soucouyant
“I Go to Sleep,” Sia
“DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshakes,” Art Brut
“Samson,” Regina Spektor
“Ready or Not,” The Fugees
“Betray My Heart,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Scarborough Settler’s Lament Set,” Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller

Week 2: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“Mama Says,” Ibeyi
“Changes,” David Bowie
“Bang-Bang,” Dizzy Gillespie
“WTF (Where They From),” Missy Elliott (ft. Pharell)
“Battle Cry,” Angel Haze and Sia
“So What,” Pink
“Rise Up,” Andra Day

Week 1: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“Empire State of Mind,” JAY Z and Alicia Keys
“C.R.E.A.M.,” Wu-Tang Clan
“Hasta Quemarnos,” Kinky
“Paper Planes,” M.I.A.
““1977,” Ana Tijoux
“Lean On,” Major Lazer and DJ Snake
“Teenage Dirtbag,” Scala and Kolacny Brothers

Fall 2016

Week 7: Beloved

“Down By the Riverside,” Louis Armstrong
“Love is Blindness,” Jack White
“I’ll be seeing you,” (1944 single), Billie Holiday
“Rolling in the Deep,” Adele
“Breathe Me,” Sia
“Stay,” Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko

Week 6: Beloved

“Free,” Renee and Jeremy
“Try a Little Tenderness,” Aretha Franklin
“In the Backseat,” Arcade Fire
“Freedom Blade,” This Will Destroy You
“Work Song,” Hozier
“Little Girl Blue,” Laura Mvula

Week 5: Interpreter of Maladies

“Maps,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Big Girls Cry,” Sia
“Zombie,” The Cranberries
“Borders,” M. I. A.
“Ringa Ringa,” A. R. Rahman

Week 4: White NoiseInterpreter of Maladies

“Call Me Irresponsible,” Bobby Darin
“White Noise,” PVRS
“Glory and Gore,” Lorde
“Heathens,” Twenty-One Pilots
“Where is my Mind,” Maxence Cyrin
“Under Pressure,” David Bowie
“Chaiyya Chaiyya,” Sukhwinder Singh and Sapana Awasthi
“Where is My Mind?,” The Pixies

Week 3: White Noise

“The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire
“Mad World,” Gary Jules
“No Surprises,” Radiohead
>“Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana
“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift

Week 2: “Supermarket in California,” White Noise

“California Dreamin’,” The Mamas and the Papas
“San Francisco,” Scott McKenzie
“Supermarket Song,” Jewel
“Mercedes Benz,” Janis Joplin
“America,” Simon and Garfunkel
“Video Killed the Radio Star,” The Buggles
“Pictures of You,” The Cure
“Hide and Seek,” Imogen Heap

Week 1: Introduction

“Wild Things,” Alessia Cara
“New Americana,” Halsey
“Heroes,” TV on the Radio
“Hand Covers Bruise,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“Formation,” Beyoncé