Special Studies:

SAME AS H42.2960

“Music begins where the possibilities of language end,” the composer Jean Sibelius famously—and problematically—said. Is music a language? Is language a music? Is music a “universal language”? THE universal language? If so, how can that be? And if not, why have so many thought it so? In this graduate seminar we will explore the possible relationships between musical and linguistic expression implied in such an attunement to the world. The first part of the semester will bring us into encounters with some foundational work from Roman Jakobson, David Lidov, Susanne Langer, and Peter Ladefoged, and Peirceian semiotics. Following this we will dive into the various materialities of sounded expression and explore the ways in which musical and linguistic practices stake out overlapping social, cultural, political, and historical terrains in the field of discourse.

A substantial proportion of doctoral seminars are offered each year under this heading






Spring 2020

David W Samuels
T: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM WAVE 268
Louis S Karchin
T: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM SILV 218

Fall 2020

Elizabeth Hoffman
W: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM SILV 218
Maureen Elizabeth Mahon
M: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ONLI