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M-LT 71342 - Uncultured Opera: Realism/Cultural Other
This course explores the featuring of “uncultured” characters, settings, and musical styles in opera from the 19th and 20th centuries. Contrasting with earlier works showcasing heroic gods, kings, and warriors, this approach finds its roots in Verismo (“Realism”) opera, which showed the flawed nature of these exulted beings, while also moving away from the stereotypical depictions of the “servant class.” Forms of the “uncultured Other” to be studied include the “lower-class Other” in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalieria rusticana, the “exotic Other” in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, the “racial Other” in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and the “rustic Other” Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah.

Prerequisites ( M-SK 5103 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> or M-SK 5191 / Lecture <min credit = 1.00> )
Corequisites N/A
Fees N/A
Credits 3.00
Credit Types Credit

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