MUS 177
Gender and Sexuality in Music Fall 2018 Division I; Difference, Power, and Equity; Cross-listed as MUS177 / WGSS177

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This course explores key themes in the expression of gender and sexuality through music. It draws from primarily 21st century examples, across cultures and genres, ranging from pop boy bands to Indian bhangra dance to the musical avant-garde. Themes will include: communicating gendered ideals, dance and embodiment, transgressive performances, biography and subjectivity, intersectionality, music and sexual violence, and marketing. We will explore the ways in which ideas and identities related to sex and gender are formulated and mobilized in music’s performance and consumption. Inevitably, issues of sound and stagecraft intersect with factors such as race, age, and class further inform these experiences. Students will consider their own processes of identifying and interpreting expressions of gender and sexuality in sound and movement, and contemplate the role of culture and society in informing those interpretations.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1901
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, short weekly assignments, a final paper/project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: students with some musical experience
Distributions: Division I; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under MUS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS

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