SPA380.14 Women, Music and History

Taught in Spanish at Pontificia Universidad Católica; may not be offered every semester. The course proposes an alternative view of the history of Western concert music from the perspective of feminist music criticism. You will become conversant in the most relevant concepts stemming from this perspective and will be able to highlight the role that women have played throughout this history as composers, performers, and patrons of music. Drawing from this perspective, students will contribute to the discussion on gender inequality, both in the world of music and in Chilean society today. Students will be evaluated through tests, essays, and class discussions.

After you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the problems associated with gender in the field of Western and Chilean concert music and its consequences on the professional development of current music from a feminist perspective.
  • Evaluate the main approaches of Feminist Theory and Feminist Music Criticism. 
  • Distinguish and describe the roles that women have played in the different periods of the history of Western concert music, considering mainly those of composer, performer, and patron. 
  • Assess a selection of the repertoire composed by women in the history of Western concert music. 
  • Analyze texts on music composed by women from a critical perspective.
  • Write critical analyses of music composed by women.

(PUC #MUC957)

Department: Spanish

Location: Santiago

Credits: 3