TPST-345 Race, Gender & Performance
Spring for 2014-2015
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This advanced interdisciplinary seminar poses questions such as: What do we mean when we speak of “race” and “gender,” and how might performance provide us with a lens through which to understand these terms? Students will approach performance as an object of study, a mode of inquiry, and a method of analysis that can help to illuminate and possibly even help to transform race and gender dynamics within and beyond the borders of the United States. Throughout the semester, we will read, view, and critique contemporary plays, as well as performance art experiments, films, and community-based arts projects from diverse cultural traditions to examine how performance has served as a tool of racism, sexism, and heterosexism and also as a means by which to resist their effects. Assignments include regular written reflections, a mid-semester performance, and a final project that includes a written and performed component. Cross-listed with English, Comp Lit, Women’s Studies, American Studies, and CULP students. Fulfills the Humanities Writing II Requirement.
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