Folklore | PARADIGMS IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
F714 | 2445 | Stone
This course introduces students to the major theoretical orientations that
have shaped the study of ethnomusicology since World War II. Topics will
include the nature of inquiry; theoretical foundations of comparative
musicology; structural-functionalist approaches; paradigmatic structuralism;
linguistic theories; Marxist influences; literary and dramaturgical
theories; gender, ethnicity, and identity issues; phenomenology and
experiential ethnomusicology; and postmodern and transnational orientations.
We will be using a draft version of a book written expressly for this class:
Theory in Ethnomusicology Today and students will be expected to provide
critical feedback through a journal documenting their reading of this text.
They will also be asked to find examples of a number of theoretical
orientations in the ethnomusicological literature and write a series of five
short papers of approximately five pages each, analyzing the use of theory
in the chosen ethnographies.
Stone, Ruth M. Theory in Ethnomusicology Today. Draft version to be
Brett, Philip, Elizabeth Wood and Gary C. Thomas. 1994.
Queering the Pitch: The New Gay and Lesbian
Musicology. New York: Routledge.
Brown, Richard. 1989. A Poetic for Sociology: Toward a Logic of
Discovery for the Human Sciences. Chicago: University of Chicago
Monson, Ingrid. 1996. Saying Something: Jazz Improvisation and
Interaction. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Nettl, Bruno and Philip Bohlman. 1991. Comparative Musicology
and Anthropology of Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.