MUS 278 Fall 2012 Carmen, 1845 to Now (D) (W)

Cross Listed as WGSS248
The story of the gypsy femme fatale Carmen has endured for over 150 years. In Western culture she exemplifies the seductive, exotic, independent, and forbidden woman who drives an upstanding man to a life of crime and finally murder. This course explores a broad array of treatments of this archetypal narrative, starting with Prosper Merimee's 1845 novella on which Bizet based his beloved 1875 opera Carmen. We will consider various staged and film versions of the opera itself, including Francesco Rosi's stunning 1984 movie, and discuss various other film transformations of the story, from DeMille's 1915 silent film through Hammerstein's 1954 all-black musical Carmen Jones, to the MTV version A Hip Hopera of 2004. Comic approaches will also be assessed, from Charlie Chaplin's Carmen Burlesque of 1915 through Spike Jones' 1952 Carmen Murdered! and The Naked Carmen of 1970. We will explore remarkable dance interpretations ranging from Carlos Saura's 1983 flamenco version through David Bourne's choreography in his 2001 gay reading called The Car Man. This course satisfies the EDI requirement through a critical examination of the way in which the Carmen story has served as a stage on which multifaceted textual and musical constructions and conflicts of individual and group identities, encompassing gender and sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, and class are played out.
Class Format: tutorial; after initial group meetings to discuss Merimee's novella and Bizet's music, students will meet with the instructor in pairs for one hour each week
Requirements/Evaluation: each student will write a 5- to 6-page essay every other week (five in all), and provide peer reviews in alternate weeks; evaluation will be based on the quality of written work, discussions, and oral presentation
Additional Info: not available for Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none; ability to read music useful but not necessary
Enrollment Preference: sophomores and juniors
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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,Exploring Diversity, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1503
MUS278-T1(F) TUT Carmen, 1845 to Now (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Jennifer Bloxam
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Bernhard 29 1503
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