So I need a post to go over some project changes. If there was one thing I could alter about this course, I'd be much clearer about it's intentions and purposes. I feel perhaps I've just gotten an idea for what the purpose of this proposal is, and it might sound obvious once I state it, but it wasn't obvious in the beginning of the course--not for me. Perhaps because I'm an over-achiever. I believe the purpose of the proposal is to propose what it is you want to learn, not necessarily what it is you want to produce. This makes everything about 100% easier than it was about half an hour ago when I was preparing to write my Literature Review and had NO idea how to even begin. I didn't even know what my project was!
So I've changed my project question:
What was the influence of French culture on African-american expatriate musicians?
Simple. Bahh. Which means all this agonizing over what I was going to do was totally unnecessary. You know--not everything has to be learned the hard way. Some people will learn not by being told the answer, but by being explained the purpose. I can find my own answers, but when it comes down to a class and grade, I really don't need anyone to make my life harder.
Now that that vent is out of the way...
I'm going to recreate the damn Literature Review web/map. Excuse the french, as Dave would say. It'll be a lot more helpful now. I've decided to focus a little more on the history, and all the separate elements that would go into answering the new question and have organized it like such:
So now I'm working on looking for some books and articles that backtrack a little. I need to fill in more about French culture, though that's kind of what I hope to look at in the field. Also I need to fill in more people. But I think this is a good start which indicates some of the influences on the music, but also influences on the expatriates themselves, why they went to Paris, why they stayed in Paris, and perhaps a beginning of what kind of an influence French culture eventually had on them.