Gary C Thomas

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: German and Music, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 1966.
  • Ph.D.: Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1973.
  • M.A.: Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1968.


  • Wagner studies
  • German literature 17th, 19th centuries
  • gender/sexuality
  • cultural musicology
  • comedy, comic theory
Courses Taught
  • CSCL 1907 - Power
  • CSCL 3172 - Music as Discourse
  • CSCL 3175 - Comedy: Text and Theory
  • CSCL 3472 - Gay Men and Homophobia in American Culture
  • CSDS 8910 - Queer Theory
  • CSCL 5835 - Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen": Music, Myth, Politics
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota:
  • Queering the Pitch: The New Gay and Lesbian Musicology. Thomas, Gary, Co-Editor, Routledge, 1994.
  • 'Was George Frideric Handel Gay'? -- On Closet Questions and Cultural Politics. Thomas, Gary, Queering the Pitch, 1994.
  • Musical Rhetoric and Politics in the Early German Lied: Thomas, Gary, Camden House, Music and German Literature, 1992.
  • Dance Music and the Origins of the Dactylic Meter. Thomas, Gary, Daphnis, Zeitschrift fí¼r Mittlere Deutsche Literatur. Bd. 16, Heft 1-2, pp. 107-146, 1987.
  • Constantin Christian Dedekind, Die Aelbianische Musen-Lust (1657). Thomas, Gary, Historical-critical edition, Peter Lang, 1990.
  • Men at the Keyboard: On Liminal Spaces and the Heterotopian Function of Music: Thomas, Gary, University of California Press, Beyond the Soundtrack:Representing Music in Cinema, 2006.
  • Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, 2001
  • Arthur 'Red' Motley Distinguished Teaching Award, 2003
  • John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, 2005