Spring 2018: Critical Studies of Music: Sound/Body/Gender - MUSI 4520



Spring 2018: Critical Studies of Music: Sound/Body/Gender - MUSI 4520


Wed. Jan 17, 2018 - Tue. May 1, 2018 (15 weeks)
Every Tuesday, Thursday from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM


Old Cabell Hall 113

Can you hear gender? How do bodies experience sound? Why do so many operas stage rape, and how do they resonate with current political discussions? How does Beyoncé use sound to feminist ends in Lemonade? Through readings, class presentations, discussions, blog posts, and analytical papers, you will develop your own understanding of key methods and terms used by music scholars and critics, gender theorists, and activists. These tools will help you hear musical traditions and soundscapes that interest you. Class discussions will push all of us to challenge our assumptions about music, sound, gender, sex, and sexuality. I want you to leave the class thinking clearly about how best to speak and write about the relationships among gender, sexuality, and music. You will develop a range of writing techniques that will carry past your college experience. There are no prerequisites for this class, and non-musicians are welcome. Class assignments will vary and will invite you to read about, write about, listen to, and explore your sound world.
* 3 credits
Instructor: Bonnie Gordon (