Comp Exam Materials

The following lists were created as part of the requirements for the PhD comprehensive exams in the department of Humanities at York University.

Specialized Area: The Erotics of Music in Western Culture
Comprehensive Exam Reading List

Theme 1: Overview Texts
1. Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality. Trans. Robert Hurley. 3 vols. 1st Vintage Books ed. New York: Vintage Books, 1980. Print.

2. Peters, John Durham. Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. Print.

3. Scott, Derek B. “Erotic Representation from Monteverdi to Mae West.” From the Erotic to the Demonic: On Critical Musicology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 17-32. Print.

4. Singer, Irving. The Nature of Love. 3 vols. New York: Random House, 1966. Print.

Theme 2: Higher Love and the Sweet Low Down: Foundations
5. The New American Bible. Nashville: Catholic Bible Press, 1991. Print. (Selections from the Psalms, the Song and Songs and the Gospel of John)

6. Ovid. The Erotic Poems. Trans. Peter Green. London: Penguin, 1982. Print. (Selections)

7. Plato. Symposium and Phaedrus. Trans. Tom Griffith. New York: Knopf, 2000. Print.

Theme 3: Endless Longing: Medieval Courtly Love and Christianity
Musical Texts
8. Bernart de Ventadorn. (Selections)

9. Hildegard of Bingen. “Ave Generosa” and “O viridissima virga” Symphonia Armonie Celesti Revelationum (recordings and scores)

Other Texts
10. Capellanus, Andreas. The Art of Courtly Love. Trans. John Jay Parry. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990. Print.

Critical Texts
11. Hosinger, Bruce W. “Sine Tactu Viri: The Musical Somatics of Hildegard of Bingen.” Music, Body and Desire in Medieval Culture: Hildegard of Bingen to Chaucer. Standford: Standford University Press, 2001. Print.

12. Schutlz, James A. “ Single Singers: Suffering Alone in Public.” Courtly Love, the Love of Courtliness, and the History of Sexuality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. Print.

Theme 4: In Darknesse Let Mee Dwell: Renaissance Views
Musical Texts
13. Dowland, John. “If my complaints could passions move.” Lute Songs. (recordings and scores)

14. Monteverdi, Claudio. “Si chi’io vorei morire” and “Cor mio, mentre vi miro” Il quarto libro de madrigalit a cinque voci. (recordings and scores)

Other Texts
15. Burton, Robert. Anatomy of Melancholy. New York: New York Review of Books, 2001. Print.

Critical Texts
16. Gibson, Kristen. “Music, Melancholy and Masculinity in Early Modern England.” Masculinity and Western Musical Practice. Eds. Ian D. Biddle and Kristen Gibson. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2009. Print.

17. Gordon, Bonnie. “Madrigalian Desire: The Convergence of Love and Sex in Madrigals.” Monteverdi’s Unruly Women: The Power of Song in Early Modern Italy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Print.

Theme 5. Mozart in Love: Reason and Feeling in the Enlightenment
Musical Texts
18. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Don Giovanni. (recordings and scores)

19. Mozart, Wolfgana Amadeus. Zauberflöte. (recordings and scores)

Other Texts
20. Kierkegaard, Soren. “The Immediate Erotic Sates or the Musical Erotic” and “The Seducer’s Diary” Either/Or: A Fragment of Life. Trans. Alastair Hannay. London: Penguin Books, 1992. Print.

21. Rousseau, Jean Jacques. Essays on the Origin of Languages. Trans. and ed. John T. Scott. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1998. Print.

22. Stendhal. On Love. Trans. H.B.V. New York: Da Capo Press, 1983. Print.

Critical Texts
23. Kramer, Lawrence. “Value and meaning in The magic flute” Musicological identities: essays in honor of Susan McClary. Eds. Steven Baur, Raymond Knapp, Jacqueline Warwick.

Theme 6. The Rose and the Briar: Ballads and Love in the English Tradition
Musical Works
24. Barbara Allen (recordings and scores)

Critical Texts
25. Bronson, Bertrand Harris. “All this for a Song?” The Ballad as Song. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969. 224-242. Print.

26. Marsh, Dave. “Barbara Allen” The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad. Eds. Sean Wilentz and Greil Marcus. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006. 7-17. Print.

Theme 7. Performing Intimate Scenes: Romanticism
Musical Texts
27. Beethoven, Ludwig van. Piano Sonata, No. 14, Op. 27, no. 2, C# minor (recordings and scores)

Other Texts
28. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Sorrows of Young Werther. Trans. Burton Pike. New York: Modern Library, 2005. Print.

29. Tolstoy, Leo. “The Kreutzer Sonata” and “Family Happiness” The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories. Trans. David McDuff and Paul Foote. London: Penguin Classics, 2008. 1-190. Print.

Critical Texts
30. Kramer, Lawrence. “Hands On, Lights Off: The “Moonlight” Sonata and the Birth of Sex at the Piano.” Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. 29-50. Print.

31. Leppert, Richard. “The Piano, Misogyny and “The Kreutzer Sonata” The Sight of Sound: Music, Representation, and the History of the Body. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. 153-188. Print.

Theme 8: The Liebestod and the Little Phrase
Musical Texts
32. Wagner, Richard. Tristan and Isolde. (recordings and scores)

Other Texts
33. Freud, Sigmund. The Psychology of Love. Trans. Shaun Whiteside. New York: Penguin Books, 2007. Print.

34. Mann, Thomas. “Tristan” Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories. New York: Vintage, 1989. Print.

35. Proust, Marcel. Swann’s Way. In Search of Lost Time: Volume I. Trans. C.K. Scott Montcrieff. New York: Modern Library, 2003. Print.

Critical Texts
36. Berger, Karol. “A Note on Tristan’s Death Wish.” Richard Wagner and His World. Ed. Thomas S. Grey. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. 123-132. Print.

37. Nattiez, Jean Jacques. Proust as musician. Trans. Derrick Puffett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989. Print.

Theme 9: Body and Soul: Tin Pan Alley and Marketplace Mediations
Musical Text
38. Gershwin, George. “The Man I Love” (various performances)

Critical Texts
39. Hamm, Charles. “’It’s Only a Paper Moon’: The Golden Years of Tin Pan Alley” Yesteryears: Popular Songs in America. New York: W.W. Norton, 1979. 326-390. Print.

40. Horowitz, David A. “The Perils of Commodity Fetishism: Tin Pan Alley’s Portrait of the Romantic American Marketplace, 1920-1942.” Popular Music and Society, 17.1 (1993): 37-53. Web.

41. Stanfield, Peter. Body and Soul: Jazz and Blues in American Film, 1927-63. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005. Print.

Theme 10: Shake Rattle n’ Roll: Blues to Rock
Musical Texts
42. “Whole Lotta Love” (various performances)

43. “Shake Rattle n’ Roll” (various performances)

Critical Texts
44. Fast, Susan. “The Wonton Song: The Riff and the Body.” In The Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music. London: Oxford, 2001. 113-158. Print.

45. Horton, Donald. “The Dialogue of Courtship in Popular Song.” On Record: Rock, Pop, and the Written Word. Eds. Simon Frith and Andrew Goodman. New York: Pantheon Books, 1990 [1957]. 11-21. Print.

46. Pattison, Robert. The Triumph of Vulgarity: Rock Music in the Mirror of Romanticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Print.

Theme 11: Music and the Moving Image
Primary Texts
47. Campion, Jane. The Piano. Santa Monica: Artisan Home Entertainment, 1999. DVD.

Critical Texts
48. Silverman, Kaja. “Body Talk” The Acoustic Mirror. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988. Print.

49. Williams, Linda. Screening Sex. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008. Print.

Theme 12: Phonographic Relations: Love, Recordings and Appropriation
Primary Texts
50. Hornby, Nick. High Fidelity. New York: Riverhead Books, 1995. Print.

Critical Texts
51. Barthes, Roland. A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments. Trans. Richard Howard. Vintage Classics, 1998. Print.

52. Frith, Simon. Music For Pleasure. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1988. Print.