MU 258: The Politics and Poetics of Music and Dance of Eastern Europe
Assistant Professor Natalie Zelensky
Mondays and Wednesdays (11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
Four credit hours. A.
Presents a historical, cultural, and practical understanding of traditional music and dance of Eastern Europe, including various regions in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Balkans, and the Caucuses. Each unit will entail an exploration of the music itself, the social and cultural context in which it is performed, and a hands-on musical performance. Students will also analyze this music as it has been employed in Western art compositions and will consider this music within a broader framework of gender relations, ethnic and religious identity, technology, Orientalism, and socialist/post-socialist politics.