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Opera: Culture and Politics

ECS 362/MUS 362/SPA 362/COM 343

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This course examines how politics and culture play out in that most refined of art forms: opera. The course will introduce students to the history of European opera, focusing on 19th century composers in France, Germany, and Italy. We will closely examine three operas: one French (Bizet's Carmen), one Italian (Verdi's Aida) and one German (Wagner's Die Meistersinger). Following Edward Said's work, we will examine how politics and culture play out in these works: European colonialism in Aida; the question of antisemitism in Wagner; stereotypes of Spain in Carmen. Includes excursions to the Metropolitan Opera.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: C
  • Enrollment: 18
  • Capacity: 15
  • Class Number: 20876
  • Schedule: T 01:30 PM-04:20 PM