Skip to Content
University at Buffalo

UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Fall 2019

  • This information is updated nightly. Additional information about this course, including real-time course data, prerequisite and corequisite information, is available to current students via the HUB Student Center, which is accessible via MyUB. Information about HUB can be found at

  • |

    MUS 199SEM - Ub Seminar-Musical Themes In Short Fic
    Ub Seminar-Musical Themes In Short Fic KOL Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   24551   Enrollment Capacity:   28
    Section:   KOL   Enrollment Total:   2
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   26
    Dates:   08/26/2019 - 12/06/2019   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   T R , 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    Room:   Baird 211 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
    Since it is a central feature of daily human life and culture, music naturally appears as a theme in much literature. This course engages in particular with the short story as a way into a whole range of classical, popular and non-Western musical genres. Indeed, the many ways music has been employed, thematized, depicted and otherwise harnessed in short fiction present not only an opportunity to reflect on music in its cultural and literary roles; but they also appear as windows onto formal, structural and stylistic mysteries of music drawn from widely dispersed genres, periods and cultures. Stories representing a whole range of styles and genres will be read, analyzed and discussed for their literary value, and more especially for the light they shed on the musical experience. Science fiction, nineteenth-century romance, poetry, horror, folk tales, comic writings, diaristic and epistolary genres, post-modern and experimental fiction will all be engaged alongside musical works from 1600 to the present day. More generally, then, this is a creative reading and listening course, in which students learn to hear musical form, understand its context, and think critically about the substance and structure of pieces; as well as about the wider cultural meanings presented by works of musical art. Once basic critical listening skills are established, the rest of the semester will focus on the paired readings and listenings outlined above. A central tenet here is that the analytic and interpretive sophistication that students naturally bring to their reading of literature may be used to build out a corresponding mastery in music, where comparable understanding and communication tend to be more difficult and rare. Through it all, a primary goal of the course is to provide critical tools for the non-musician to extract basic sense and enjoyment from almost any music that might be heard. Experienced musicians are also welcome and should find the course rewarding.
    Enrollment Requirements
    Prerequisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
      Course Description
    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.
                 Kolor, T P look up    
      On-line Resources
    Other Courses Taught By: Kolor, T P