MUSIC 4341

MUSIC 4341

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

This seminar examines the role of ethnographic writing in musical anthropology, exploring how ethnographic knowledge is produced, authorized, and consumed. It critically interrogates ethnography's generic conventions, probing its relation to travel writing, memoir, poetry, and fiction, and engaging narrative, experimental, reflexive and auto- ethnography. Drawing on performance studies, it considers the textuality of musical events and weighs the particular challenges, possibilities, and limitations of writing ethnographically about sound, music, and movement. In doing so, it explores the temporality and spatiality of ethnographic writing, engages related critiques of the so-called ethnographic present, and considers issues of representation and subjectivity. Students will approach these questions through critical readings in anthropology and ethnomusicology as well as through weekly workshopping of their own writing.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (CA-AS, ALC-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: MUSIC 6341

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18555 MUSIC 4341   SEM 101

    • W Lincoln Hall 316
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Appert, C

  • Instruction Mode: In Person