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Jo Ann Taricani
C LIT 496
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Comparative Literature

Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

Class description

Ability to read music is necessary. This course will explore the role of music in various aspects of medieval culture, including liturgy, cathedrals and cities, and literature. Topics include: Music and its role in medieval liturgy (will include chant singing and medieval notation); music and monasteries; the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris; science and music (the relationship of music and mathematics); Machaut, his manuscripts, poetry, and music; British music in the middle ages. For textbook, see the medieval chapters of Richard Taruskin, "The Oxford History of Western Music," starting with Chapter 1: "The Curtain Goes Up". Link to the book (you must be logged into your UW account) is:

There will be a midterm and a final paper required.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Ability to read music.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading and listening assignments; mid-term examination and final paper.

Preparation and participation in class discussion, along with the quality of the mid-term examination and the final paper..

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jo Ann Taricani
Date: 11/15/2013