WOMENSTD 150 - Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender
Section: 001 Gender and the Arts
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Course Note:
This course serves to introduce diverse topics on women and gender, is interdisciplinary in nature.
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Can music be masculine or feminine? Does it matter if an artist is a woman, a man, or a transgendered individual? Is there a gendered voice in arts? This course examines what is at stake in thinking about the arts and gender. Course materials will be drawn from works of music, the visual arts, and literature. Critical issues to be examined will include cross-disciplinary models for analyzing the performance, presence, and experience of the arts. Musical forms will incorporate “classical” (e.g., opera and the symphony) as well as “popular” (e.g., jazz and blues, rock and hip-hop) genres and styles. Visual arts will be drawn from the special exhibits and permanent collection at the UM Museum of Art. Literature will include Ntozake Shange’s novel Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo, the poetry of Langston Hughes, Shakespeare, and others. Using interdisciplinary models, we will focus on how gender and the arts intersect with sexuality, race, class, and ethnicity.

This course is designed for first-year students. No previous musical or artistic background is required except that you be inquisitive and passionate about the arts. Grades will be based on class participation (discussions and short presentations) and written work.

WOMENSTD 150 - Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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