COMP 247 Fall 2016 Gender, Sexuality and Modern Performance (D) (W)

Cross Listed as THEA250, WGSS250, ENGL253
This interdisciplinary tutorial explores aspects of gender, sexuality, performativity, race, class, and representations of the body in modern theatre and performance in America. While attention will be given to the still understudied role of women in the arts, we will focus primarily on the transsecionalities of social identities under interrelated systems of oppression. Close analysis of works by dramatists--such as Adrienne Kennedy, Caryl Churchill, Wendy Wasserstein, Ntozake Shange, Tony Kushner, Naomi Iizuka, Paula Vogel, Suzan-Lori Parks, David Henry Hwang, Tarell McCraney, Gina Gionfriddo, and Taylor Mac--will occur alongside consideration of works by artists such as Karen Finley, Ron Athey, Tim Miller, E. Patrick Johnson, and Young Jean Lee. Our approach to this varied material will be comparative and will be enriched by readings of critical works by writers such as: Judith Butler, bell hooks, Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa, Eve K. Sedgwick, Jill Dolan, José Esteban Muñoz, David Román, and Donna Haraway. This course meets the criteria of the Exploring Diversity Initiative as it draws focus towards the diversity of race, class and ethnicity represented by the subjects of our study as well as towards the political power of theatre and performance.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: students will meet with instructor in pairs for an hour each week; they will write a 5- to 7-page paper every other week (five in all), and comment on their partner's papers in alternate weeks
Additional Info: emphasis will be placed on developing skills in reading, interpretation, critical argumentation, and critical written and oral response
Additional Info2: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: sophomores and above; majors in Theatre, English or Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under THEA, COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives,PERF Interdepartmental Electives, WGSS Feminist Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1880
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
COMP 247 - T1 (F) TUT Gender,Sexualty & Perf America (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Amy S. Holzapfel
TBA 1880
ENGL 253 - T1 (F) TUT Gender,Sexualty & Perf America (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Amy S. Holzapfel
TBA 1878
THEA 250 - T1 (F) TUT Gender,Sexualty&Modrn Perform (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Amy S. Holzapfel
TBA 1877
WGSS 250 - T1 (F) TUT Gender,Sexualty & Perf America (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Amy S. Holzapfel
TBA 1879
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