WGST 231
Approaching Performance Studies Fall 2009
Division II
Cross-listed THEA 230 / WGST 231 / LATS 230
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Theatre, music, dance, performance art, community activism, public gatherings, sports, eating, and rituals all fall under the rubric of “performance.” Performance studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores these types of live, embodied activities as cultural acts and as theoretical paradigms. This course is an introduction to performance studies and to its theoretical bases in anthropology, dramatic theory, poststructuralism, psychoanalytic theory, folklore, cultural studies, philosophy, feminist theory, and queer theory. We will devote particular attention to performances that reflect the complexity and diversity of race and ethnicity in the United States. In addition to reading and discussing theory, we will study local live and recorded performances. This course combines theory and practice in order to understand performance as a critical space. On the practical level, students are expected to attend three workshops with Professor Omar Sangare to experiment with their body, voice, and the stage. These workshops will provide the foundation for students’ final performance. This course also serves as the introduction course for the Performance Studies Program.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 1348
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short writing assignments, attendance at live performances and workshops, final essay and final performance
Prerequisites: none; not open to first-year students
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators, and to Art and Theatre majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS or WGST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under THEA
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 230 Division I WGST 231 Division II LATS 230 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
LATS Comparative Race + Ethnic Studies Electives
PERF Interdepartmental Electives
WGST Racial, Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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