Music | Music, Sexuality, and Gender
N399 | 28024 | M. Kielian-Gilbert

Course Announcement Fall 2010

MUS-T410 Topics in Music Theory (3 cr.), course 28041
MUS-N399 Honors Seminar in Music (3 cr.), course 28024

Music, Sexuality, and Gender
Instructor: Professor Marianne Kielian-Gilbert
Time/place: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Mon/Wed, M271 (Music Library)

This special topics course in music theory brings together work on
cultural theory, feminism/queer theory, and music
analysis/interpretation to explore connections between music,
sexuality, and gender. The course will be organized around particular
topics (rather than by chronology) and in relation to musical works,
critical readings, and music from classical to popular. We will
consider the ways in which gender and sexuality are implicated in
various musical practices and in the analyses that seek to
characterize those practices.

Selected topics:
• framing gender studies: musicology and music theory
• theorizing difference—race, class, nationality, sexuality, gender,
power and
• feminist perspectives in music criticism, queer theory, gay and
• musical discourse, metaphor and narrative
• music and the body; dance, movement, and performance/performativity
• multiple positions and revisionist strategies; the role of the
listener & listening practices,
• musical subjectivity, personal voice, character, and constructions
of gender and sexuality
• the portrayal of women (film, opera, musical theater, popular
music, etc.)

Readings: Selections will also be geared to the interests of those
participating and may include texts by authors such as: Abbate,
Adorno, Attali, Barkin, Boretz, Brett, Burns, Citron, Cook, Cumming,
Cusick, Drinker, Frith, Guck, Hisama, Kielian-Gilbert, Kramer,
Lorraine, Maus, McClary, Nattiez, Reich, Sayrs, Shepherd, Solie,
Subotnik, Straus, Tick, Treitler, Wood, Whiteley, Whitesell. The
instructor’s interests focus on the music of 19th- and 20th/21st-
century composers.

Course requirements: readings, class discussion, short reaction
papers or reports on issues arising in the readings, one major paper
and class presentation.

Prerequisite: MUS-T252 or consent of instructor.

Texts: Susan McClary, Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality
(2nd ed., 2002); Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (ed.
Sophie Fuller and Lloyd Whitesell, 2002); John Berger, Ways of
Seeing (1972).