|category:||A, Music and Culture
|full title:||Chicks with Drumsticks: Women in Music from c1650 to the Present Day|
|staff:||Dr Estelle Murphy
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|module coordinator:||Prof Jonathan Stock
This course will examine the changing roles and perception of women in music from 1650 to the present day. We will interrogate issues surrounding women as performers and creators of music, as well as how women are and were portrayed, through music, as symbols of piety, deviance and desire. In addition to employing gender theory, we will examine the history of Western musical canonicity with a view to understanding the absence of female composers.
Case studies and topics covered will include:
* Divas: female performers of opera;
* Girl Power in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas;
* The ‘problem’ of the female virtuoso: Vivaldi’s women at the Ospedale della Pietà, Venice;
* Boys’ toys: gender and instrument stereotypes;
* Madonna, Lady Gaga and the body in music;
* Feminists or felons?: Pussy Riot and Putin.
This is an equal opportunities course; boys and other non-girls are most welcome!