21A.201J The Supernatural in Music, Literature and Culture


Class Info

Explores the relationship between music and the supernatural, focusing on the social history and context of supernatural beliefs as reflected in key literary and musical works from 1600 to the present. Provides an understanding of the place of ambiguity and the role of interpretation in culture, science and art. Explores great works of art by Shakespeare, Verdi, Goethe (in translation), Gounod, Henry James and Benjamin Britten. Readings also include selections from the most recent scholarship on magic and the supernatural. Writing assignments range from web-based projects to analytic essays. No previous experience in music is necessary. Projected guest lectures, musical performances, field trips. Limited to 36.

This class has no prerequisites.

21A.201J will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by C. Shadle and M. Fuller.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information at the MIT Anthropology: Undergraduate Subjects site.

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