HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
Section: 001 Race and Identity in Music
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to Honors students. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the parameters of racial and ethnic identities in music; primarily, but not exclusively, in Western art music. From the discourse surrounding exoticism and Orientalism, to the effects of evocative instrumentation, the use of dialect, and foreign subjects, the focus of this class is to understand how racial and ethnic difference can be portrayed musically. Musical case studies will be drawn from the late eighteenth century through the present with a strong emphasis on the nineteenth century and opera. Central questions to be raised are: how is racial/ethnic difference expressed musically? Who is representing whom? What is the intersection between the original performing context and our understanding of these works today? This course encourages interdisciplinary dialogue. Readings will be drawn from post-colonial and cultural studies as well as musicology. No previous music classes are prerequisite and harmonic analysis will be presented in a form accessible to students without a specialized musical background. Grades will be based on writing assignments, in-class quizzes, a take home final and class participation.

HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Race & Identity in Music meets with RC Core 334.001 and CAAS 358.002
002 (SEM)
2LSA Hnrs
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: This is Imagination with Prof. Amrine
003 (SEM)
3LSA Hnrs
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: This is the Politics of Religion and Secularism with Prof. George Hoffmann.
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