Folklore | Paradigms in Ethnomusicology
F714 | 24815 | 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.