Dr. Charles Shadle
Prof. Ellen Harris
Prof. James Howe
21M.013J / 21A.113J
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.
Shadle, Charles, Ellen Harris, and James Howe. 21M.013J The Supernatural in Music, Literature and Culture, Spring 2009. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/music-and-theater-arts/21m-013j-the-supernatural-in-music-literature-and-culture-spring-2009 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA