Music | Interpretive Turns: Music and Cultural Studies
T658 | 13277 | M. Kielian-Gilbert

MUS T658 Seminar in Music Theory (3 cr., 13277)

Interpretive Turns: Music and Cultural Studies

Instructor: Professor Marianne Kielian-Gilbert

Time/place: 2:30-3:45 Tues/Thurs, M267 (Music Library)

Music and Cultural Studies, a seminar in music analysis, will examine
practices of music listening, analysis, and interpretation (critical
theory, feminist theory) to experience music as expressive of
different social-cultural contexts of reception (and vice versa). We
will consider how social-cultural aspects of subjectivity (gender,
sexuality, voice, identity, and the body) may implicate or be
implicated in various musical practices and in the analyses that seek
to characterize those practices. We will explore how practices of
theory-based analysis can relate to, or interact with listener- or
reception-oriented music criticism.
Drawing from the orientations of writers such as Theodor Adorno and
Gilles Deleuze (with Félix Guattari), and feminist writers such as
Luce Irigaray, Rosi Braidotti, Elizabeth Grosz, and Gloria Anzaldúa,
we will think about connections between theoretical orientation,
constructions of subjectivity, and historical and contemporary
experience (e.g., discontinuity, hypertextuality and technology,
forces of pluralism and globalization).
Readings, topics, music: The course will be organized around topics
of music analysis/listening of particular works (rather than by
chronology) and in relation to the cross-disciplinary interests
of those participating. We will consider a range of music from
classical and contemporary, to popular, operatic, and theatrical. The
instructor has particular interests in the music of the 19th,
20th, and 21st-century composers.

Prerequisites: MUS-T551 or graduate standing and consent of
Coursework: readings, class discussion; short reaction papers or
music analyses on issues arising in the readings; major seminar paper
and class presentation.
Texts: Theodor W. Adorno. Essays on Music. Selected, with
introduction, commentary, and notes by Richard Leppert. New
translations by Susan H. Gillespie. Berkeley: University of
California Press, 2002.
Deleuze, Gilles, and Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism
and Schizophrenia. Translation and foreword by Brian Massumi.
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987.
Luce Irigaray. To Be Two. Trans. Monique M. Rhodes and Marco F.
Cocito-Monoc. New York: Routledge, 2001 [1997]. (Later work; further
exploration of the question of difference and alterity.)