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Bonnie Gordon

Associate Professor, Critical and Comparative Studies, Director of Graduate Studies
Education:

Brown University, A.B. Literature and Society
University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. in Music.

Office Address:

131 Kerchof

434-982-2372
Research Interests: Early Modern Italy, Gender and Sexuality, History of Science, Monteverdi, Castrati

Bonnie Gordon's primary interests center on the experiences of sound in Early Modern music making and the affective potential of the human voice. Her first book, Monteverdi's Unruly Women (Cambridge University Press, 2004) frames the composer's madrigals and music dramas written between 1600 and 1640 as windows into contemporary notions of sound, body, voice, and sense. She uses vocal music written for sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian singers to illuminate our understanding of the music, science, and culture of that period. She has explored similar issues in articles about contemporary singer-songwriters Kate Bush and Tori Amos. She co-edited an interdisciplinary and cross cultural volume of essays about courtesans entitled The Courtesans Arts, (Oxford University Press, 2006). Her newest project, Voice Machines: The Castrato, the Cat Piano, and Other Strange Sounds, places the castrato alongside other animate and inanimate phenomena that impinged on received categories of the organic and the material, of human and machine. Dr. Gordon is the recipient of two grants from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a dissertation grant from the American Association of University Women, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brandeis University, a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. She has also worked as a newspaper journalist, a music teacher and a violist.

Department Faculty

Associate Professor, Composition and Computer Technologies
Associate Professor, Composition and Computer Technologies
Lecturer, Director of Jazz Performance
Assistant Professor, Critical and Comparative Studies
Professor, Critical and Comparative Studies, Director of Undergraduate Programs
Associate Professor, Critical and Comparative Studies, Director of Graduate Studies
Instructor, Percussion
Associate Professor, Critical and Comparative Studies
Lecturer, Associate Director of Bands
Associate Professor, Critical and Comparative Studies
Associate Professor, Director of Bands
Associate Professor, Critical and Comparative Studies
Associate Professor, Director of Music Performance
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor, Composition and Computer Technologies
Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Programs
Professor, Director of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra
Associate Professor, Critical and Comparative Studies, Department Chair