|Course Number:||ASAN 491G
|Course Title:||Affect and Emotion in Asian Performance|
|Course Description:||How do performances move us? Discussions of music, sound, emotion, and culture in Western scholarship continue to deal with the idea of a mind/body split, whether it is accepted or rejected. How might perspectives from Asian societies broaden our ideas about how music affects us? This course focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of music and emotion, and related ideas about feeling and embodied affect, in relation to music and sound. Students will read some of the classic scholarship on music and emotion in the disciplines of ethnomusicology, performance studies, and anthropology, focusing on those dealing with Asian societies.
Particular attention will be paid to the similarities and differences between conceptions of affect or emotion cross-culturally, and look at how some concepts, such as rasa, have evolved differently in societies (e.g. India and Indonesia) through centuries of music and philosophical changes, the migration of ideas, and cross-cultural exchange. Topics will include how understandings of music and emotion relate to religious and philosophical concepts; politics; ideas of modernity; nationalism; and health and healing, etc.