Today’s readings include a piece by Camille Paglia entitled “Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Hollywood Are Ruining Women.” This piece has provoked a lot of responses–let’s hear yours. Write a thorough critique of the article. What is her argument? Which points do you agree with, and which not? Is Paglia’s evidence solid?
In today’s class, we will be talking about female composers active in art music today. Select a piece by a living woman composer and send it to me before class. Be prepared to tell the class about the piece and the composer.
Women in contemporary pop music – Pop singers and 21st-century feminism
Reading: Camille Paglia, “Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Hollywood Are Ruining Women,” Hollywoodreporter.com, 6 December 2012: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/taylor-swift-katy-perry-hollywood-398095
Ramin Setoodeh, “Taylor Swift Dishes on Her New Album ‘Red,’ Dating, Heartbreak, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’,” Dailybeast.com, 22 October 2012: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/22/taylor-swift-dishes-on-her-new-album-red-dating-heartbreak-and-grey-s-anatomy.html
Viewing: Katy Perry accepting Billboard’s “Woman of the Year” award in 2012: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/473884/katy-perrys-woman-of-the-year-acceptance-speech-video#/news/katy-perry-s-woman-of-the-year-acceptance-1008036452.story
Listening: Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl”
Women in art music today – Living women composers
Reading: Kristin Kuster, “Taking Off My Pants,” New York Times “Opinionator” blog, 17 July 2013: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/taking-off-my-pants/?_r=0
Amy Beth Kirsten, “The ‘Woman Composer’ Is Dead,” Newmusicbox.org, 19 March 2012: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/the-woman-composer-is-dead/
Listening: TBD [Class selections of music by living women composers]