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Feminist Music Theory. This seminar will explore issues in feminist music theory and analysis. By engaging with feminist analytical interventions from the past three decades, we will investigate the different ways in which scholars have analyzed music through the lens of gender. An ever-present focus of the class will be intersections of gender with race, sexuality, disability, and nationhood as they pertain to music analysis. Topics of discussion will include canon formation, subjectivity and positionality, embodiment and sexuality, voice, hip-hop feminisms, performance analysis, and the formation of music theory as an academic discipline. The seminar will address the following questions: What analytical currents, points of contention, and intellectual threads have shaped the development of this subdiscipline? Is there “a” feminist music theory? As we move forward and build on previous interventions, what other feminist music theories can we imagine?