THEA 406 Fall 2012 Senior Seminar: Theatre, Ritual, Play

This seminar course is required of all senior Theatre majors. The course is a revolving topics seminar. The subject matter and reading list for each iteration of the course will be determined by the instructor, but will in each instance focus on a current or historical question of theatre theory and practice. It is understood that the subjects addressed in the course will be broad enough to engage the varied interests of each senior class. The specific requirements for the class may vary, but in all cases students will be required to present original research and analysis in a public seminar presentation at the end of the semester. In Fall 2012 the seminar will explore the interrelated cultural phenomena of theatre (or, more broadly, performance), ritual and play. Each of these nouns may be considered as a particular attribute of any human activity generally, as a means of communication between or among people, as a subject or field of scientific inquiry, or as a facet of artistic cultural production. The purpose of the seminar will be to explore each of these phenomena on their own terms, and then to investigate some of the ways in which they interconnect in the spheres of art, religion, popular culture, and everyday life. Readings will include theorists from literary studies, anthropology, cultural studies, and related fields, as well as primary texts from drama and other arts.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: project work, and presentation of original research and analysis in a public setting at the end of the semester.
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Prerequisites: limited to senior Theatre majors
Enrollment Preference: Theatre majors only
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 8
Expected Enrollment: 8
Class Number: 1555
THEA406-01(F) SEM Sr Sem: Theatre, Ritual, Play Division 1: Languages and the Arts Robert E. Baker-White
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM 62CtrThea&Dance Seminar Rm 167 1555
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