Category Archives: Class4

Gender in heavy metal or rap [critical writing]

The readings for today highlight some of the ways that women are portrayed in lyrics and music videos in heavy metal and rap.

For this assignment, choose a song from one of these genres and write a thorough analysis of it. (You can also analyze the video, if there is one.) How are women portrayed in the song? Does the song illustrate (or counter) any of the common themes described in the readings? How do the music, lyrics and/or images work together?


Women making music in 19th-century fiction [research]

The readings for today’s class illustrate how novels by authors like Jane Austen can provide evidence about women’s music making in the nineteenth century, particularly in domestic settings. Can you add to the list of examples? Search 19th-century works of fiction. Post your findings in the “Fiction” thread on Blackboard (a link to Google Books will work, or you can type in the excerpt), and include a few words about how your example compares to the ones in the readings.


4/10 Gender in Heavy Metal and Rap

Gender in Heavy Metal and Rap – Misogyny in Music Video

Reading: Excerpts from Walser, Running with the Devil: Gender and Power in Heavy Metal Music and Weitzer/Kubrin, “Misogyny in Rap Music : A Content Analysis of Prevalence and Meanings”

Viewing: Watch a selection of the videos linked on Blackboard

Listening: Kanye, “Gold Digger”
Queen Latifah, “Ladies First”


2/6 Music in Convents II

2/6 – Music in convents II: The Renaissance and early Baroque eras in Italy

Reading: Craig Monson, Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art, and Arson in the Convents of Italy, pp. 8-18 (and optional, but recommended reading: all of Chapter 2, “Dangerous Enchantments: What the Inquisitor Found”)

Listening: Lucrezia Vizzana, selections from Componimenti musicali
Caterina Assandra, Duo Seraphim
Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Kyrie