Folklore | Paradigms in Ethnomusicology
F714 | 25354 | 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
Students will be expected to provide critical feedback through a
journal documenting their reading. They will also be asked to find
examples of a number of theoretical orientations in the
ethnomusicological literature and write a series of two short papers
of approximately five pages each, analyzing the use of theory in the
chosen ethnographies. The final project will be a longer paper of
approximately 20 pages, providing an indepth analysis of some
theoretical point, drawing upon the studentsí individual interests.
Stone, Ruth M. 2007. Theory in Ethnomusicology Today.
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.