WGSS 261 The Saint and the Countess: The Lost Voices of Medieval Women (W)

Last offered Spring 2013

Cross Listed as MUS261
Very few female voices from the Middle Ages are audible today; most of the music, poetry, and other writings that survives reveals the creativity and expresses the attitudes of men. This course will explore the experiences and viewpoints of medieval women through the lens of the poetry and songs of two exceptional 12th-century figures: the German abbess Hildegard of Bingen, whose long and immensely productive life was shaped by the requirements of monastic culture; and the French Countess of Dia in Provence, whose elusive life and works exemplify the dynamics of aristocratic court culture. We will ask how these and other musical women active in both the sacred and the secular spheres (such as the nun Birgitta of Sweden, and Queen Blanche of Castile) negotiated their places and made their voices heard within the patriarchal society of their time. We will examine the ways in which these contrasting environments informed the different outlooks, ideas, and aesthetics expressed in the words and music of their songs. Along the way we will critically assess how these lost voices have been recreated to speak to us today through recordings and film.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on several short papers and presentations, and a final project and presentation
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: ability to read music useful but not required
Enrollment Preference: given to current or prospective majors in Music, WGSS, History, Comparative Literature and Religion
Department Notes: MUS Group A Electives--classes 2015 and 2016
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under MUS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 8
Class Number: 3904
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WGSS 261 SEM Lost Voices of Medieval Women (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Jennifer Bloxam
WGSS 261 SEM Lost Voices of Medieval Women (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Jennifer Bloxam
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