WOMENSTD 344 - Special Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation
Section: 001 Opera and Subversion
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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(Gender, Culture, and Representation).
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course explores the historical context of the operatic tradition from the early nineteenth century through the beginning of the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed on the central composers of this period including, but not limited to, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi and Puccini. Operas will be examined in terms of their cultural context to include themes regarding gender (e.g., the portrayals of masculinity and femininity), Italian nationalism (the Risorgimento and depictions of heroism), representations of the “exotic Other,” the training of singers, and the issues behind opera production during this time period. Though operas will be analyzed in terms of their musical content (form, genre, specific musical events), no previous musical knowledge is required; all discussions of the music will be explained in class. Grades will be determined by quizzes, a midterm, papers and participation.

WOMENSTD 344 - Special Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation
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001 (SEM)
F 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with Italian 359-001
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