170530 UE The Body Operatic (2017S)
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"It ain't over 'till the fat lady sings."
Where does that quote come from, and what is the origin of the monstrous Valkyrie image when it comes to opera cliches?
Why do bodies matter in opera - and in theater at large - in a particular way? Of what bodies do we speak, and why is it "the fat lady" and not "the fat guy"? Do voices have a body? How do we talk about sound and what happens to our bodies when we listen to music?
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
- oral: participation in an 'expert group' (sign-up via Moodle). In this group: preparation and moderation of a part of a class session (25% of grade)
oral: participation in class - in discussion, small-group work, quizzes and giving/receiving feedback (25% of grade)Each partial exam has to be passed separately with a positive grade to obtain a passing grade for the class at large!
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Weekly preparation of required reading (of German & English texts. Textload: each week a max. of one text.)
Participation in an "expert group" who will prepare and moderate part of one class session
Writing of Reading Cards/Lecture Cards (required: 6 cards with a passing grade)The class does not require any prior musicological qualification (reading music, knowledge of Italian, ear hearing)
The graded efforts require a knowledge of the class content, the assigned readings, and an independent self-effort in connecting elements.