COMP 338
The Culture of Carnival Spring 2015
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed COMP 338 / THEA 335
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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.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 20
Expected: 18
Class#: 3762
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
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.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and first-year students
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 338 Division I THEA 335 Division I

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