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Spring 2018-2019
* HUM 470 / ENG 482 / MUS 433 (LA)   na, npdf

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities - Voice

Majel A. Connery
Jeff Dolven

This seminar examines the theory and practice of the human voice across media including literature and music, as well as film, podcasting, social media, and other digital technologies. Taught by a poet (and English professor) and a composer (and musicologist), our work will be both critical, prioritizing close reading of texts, and practical, involving creative assignments, in-class enactments, and group exercises. Our basic question: How do transformations of the voice affect social, political, and aesthetic space? A comfort with, or desire to make friends with, vocal spontaneity is a must.

Sample reading list:
Roland Barthes, The Grain of the Voice
Michael Chion, Sound
Edward Cone, The Composer's Voice
Mladen Dolar, A Voice and Nothing More
Simon Frith, Performing Rites
William Shakespeare, Sonnets

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly exercises, final performance exercise

Requirements/Grading:
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 50%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Reserved Seats:
HUM Certificate Students Only 6

Website:  http://humstudies.princeton.edu/courses/

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41444 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:7 Limit:15