21M.013J / 21A.113J The Supernatural in Music, Literature and Culture, Spring 2009
Author(s)Shadle, Charles; Harris, Ellen; Howe, James
The Supernatural in Music, Literature and Culture
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This class 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 a better 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 will also include selections from the most recent scholarship on magic and the supernatural. Writing assignments will range from web-based projects to analytic essays. No previous experience in music is necessary. Projected guest lectures, musical performances, field trips.
magic, witches, witchcraft, belief, superstition, sorcery, ghost, spirit, heaven, hell, devil, angel, occult, paranormal, religion, allegory, Bible, God, sin, alchemy, astrology, mystic, mysticism, Europe, European history, medieval, Renaissance, Shakespeare, Goethe, Henry James, 19th century America, metaphysics, pragmatism, death, afterlife, soul, phantom, myth, spell, wizard, wisdom