THEA 215 Spring 2013 Music Theater in World Cultures (D) (W)

Cross Listed as ANTH210, MUS214
Although the term "music theater" came to prominence in the twentieth-century, expressive forms that synthesize the verbal, plastic, kinesthetic and illusionary arts have existed since antiquity. This is true across cultures worldwide. From Africa to the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, music, narrative, masquerading, puppetry, costuming, dance and, more recently, electronic media have been integrated in unique ways, giving humankind a crucial apparatus for ritual enactment, religious expression, moral instruction, entertainment and activism. This course surveys a select range of musical-theatrical traditions, including ancient Greek drama, Indian Sanskrit plays, Beijing opera, Japanese Noh theater, Yoruba alarinjo theater, Bollywood and Broadway musicals. We will investigate the role of music theater in society, giving attention to the historical, economic and political contexts that have fostered distinctive genre manifestations. As an EDI course, the overarching aims of the class will be to explore the relationship between ideology and aesthetics, and the role of performance in constructing representations of self and other.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, three short sequenced writing assignments which will be peer reviewed and revised, a longer final paper, and a final class presentation
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino and Pass/Fail options
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are current or prospective majors in Music, Theater, Anthropology and Sociology, as well as current and prospective students concentrating in area studies
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under MUS or THEA; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ANTH
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3907
THEA215-01(S) SEM Music Theater in World Culture (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Oyebade A. Dosunmu
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Bernhard 29 3907
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