COMP 104
Critical Approaches to Theatre and Performance
Last Offered Spring 2013
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed THEA 104 / COMP 104
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This introductory critical survey course will explore a variety of theatre and performance traditions from around the globe, from antiquity to the present day. Through close analysis of select texts and performance practices in a seminar format, the course will consider what role theatre plays in the establishment and growth of culture, politics, and aesthetics. Topics may include: Ancient Greek theatre, Classical Indian performance, Renaissance English theatre, Japanese Noh and Kabuki, popular American traditions, modern European theatre, and postmodern performance. Films and other media will be utilized when relevant. Regular in-class visits to the Williams College Museum of Art will occur, as well. This course meets the criteria of the Exploring Diversity Initiative as it engages in a cross-cultural investigation of performance and explores how theatre is deeply embedded in power relations.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 14
Class#: 3528
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 5 structured writing&creative assignments based on thematic elements of the course, as well as a final "Company" performance; in-class participation, writing, & discussion
Extra Info: participation in all LABS; all students enrolled in the course are also required to attend the departmental theatre productions
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theater majors and Comparative Literature majors
Unit Notes: this course is a requirement for and is suggested as an introduction to the major in Theatre
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 104 Division I COMP 104 Division I
Attributes: PERF Interdepartmental Electives

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