MUS 131
Gender, Class, and Race in Western Musical Society
Last Offered Spring 2004
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This course examines some of the myriad ways in which gender, class, and race have impacted both classical and popular music in the West. We will read a range of current scholarship demonstrating contrasting philosophical, analytical, and critical approaches to studying the social history of music, and explore selected topics focusing on certain composers, performers, and/or repertories germane to the subject. Topics may include, among other things, a comparison of the life and works of Clara and Robert Schumann, the life and music of the Blues queens in the early twentieth century, Bizet’s opera Carmen, Schubert and Tchaikovsky as gay composers, and Madonna.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion, twice per week
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, several short papers, and a final project
Distributions: Division I

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