The Catholic University of America

Music, Identity, and Politics in the U.S., 1890s-1930s

Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson

 

In this course we will examine theoretical tools used to analyze the construction of identity through music and apply those tools to case studies from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We will dedicate particular attention to the controversy surrounding Antonín Dvorák’s visit to the United States and to the various ethnic identities shaping expressions of Modernism in New York. Students will be encouraged to apply the ideas and methodologies discussed in class to a significant paper project on a topic of their choice; the paper topic need to be limited to the chronological or geographical scope of the topics discussed in class.