THEA 205 Spring 2013 The Culture of Carnival (D)

Cross Listed as COMP208
Carnival is a regenerative festival as well as a transgressive one. It is a time for upheavals and recreating for one day, a new world order. Men dress as women, women dress as men, the poor become kings; drink and sex and outrageous behavior is sanctioned. We will look at festivals in such places as New Orleans, Venice, and Rio. Central to this course are the cultural and religious lives of these societies, and how these festivals exist politically in a modern world as theatre and adult play. A variety of sources will be used, such as newspaper accounts, films, photography, personal memoirs and essays on the subject.
Class Format: studio
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated on regular active class participation, one oral presentation including a, 5-page essay, one 15-page research final paper and participation in a group project/public parade.
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: sophomores and first-year students
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 18
Class Number: 3531
THEA205-01(S) STU The Culture of Carnival (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Deborah A. Brothers
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Greylock A 3531
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