Romanticism and the Fantastic (MCGY3629)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit will explore the fantastic as a central aspect of romanticism in its various manifestations, including the uncanny, the daemonic and the playful. In music, this meshes fruitfully with the older tradition of the fantasy, a genre which is similarly dependent on the imagination and the evasion of clear boundaries. A range of Lieder, operas, symphonic and solo instrumental works by composers such as Schumann, Berlioz, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Schubert will be studied against the backdrop of literary and artistic innovations by Goethe, Hoffmann, Byron, and Friedrich. Theories of the fantastic by Todorov, Freud and others will also be examined.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

One 2-hour seminar/wk

Assessment

Essay (30%); Listening test (20%); Analysis assignment (20%); In-class presentation (20%); Seminar participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

MCGY2612 or with permission of the coordinator.

It is expected that students will have some knowledge of harmonic and formal practices up to 1850.

Prohibitions

MCGY3029, MCGY3037

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Non-award/non-degree study

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Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.