MUSI 4519 (Topic: Music,Gender, Sound, Body)

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Critical Studies of Music: Music, Gender, Sound, Body

Can you hear gender?  How does sound influence cultural understandings of Gender? What happens when boys' voices change?  Why do so many operas end with women singing themselves to death?  Why could nuns sing in the seventeenth century while women could not participate in public performances? This interdisciplinary seminar explores these issues and more.   Through readings, class presentations, discussions, blog posts, and analytical papers, you will develop your own understanding of key methodologies and terms used by music scholars and critics, gender theorists, and activists. You will apply what you have learned to musical traditions and soundscapes that particularly interest you. Class discussions will push all of us to challenge our assumptions about music, sound, gender, sex, and sexuality.

Bonnie Gordon