COMP 267
Performance Studies: An Introduction Spring 2018
Division I
Cross-listed WGSS 267 / THEA 267 / DANC 267 / COMP 267
This is not the current course catalog

Class Details

Since the 1980s, performance studies has emerged as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry, with origin tales in theater and anthropology, in communications and philosophy. What might theorizing “performance” as mode, analytic, and object of study have to offer scholarship in the interdisciplinary humanities? In this seminar, we will read texts formative of performance studies, paired with multimedia performance examples, where performance speaks to staged theatrics as well as the presentation of everyday life. We will ask, how are race, gender, sexuality, and nation produced as the effects of legal, political, historical, social, and cultural scripts? And–an important partner question–how do discourses and practices of race, gender, sexuality, and nation in fact produce legal, political, historical, social, and cultural effects? This seminar is an introduction to performance studies, an interdisciplinary field in conversation with theater studies, gender studies, anthropology, philosophy, literary theory, visual studies, dance studies, ethnic studies, queer theory, and postcolonial studies. Students will study and experiment with performance (spectacular and quotidian) while reading theoretical texts to grapple with concepts including ritual, restored behavior, performativity, mimicry, liveness, the body, objecthood, archive, and movement.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3890
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two performance reflections, one performance analysis, one final paper/project, in-class participation, midterm reflection
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: COMP majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP, DANC or THEA; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 267 Division II THEA 267 Division I DANC 267 Division I COMP 267 Division I

Class Grid

Course Catalog Archive Search

TERM/YEAR
TEACHING MODE
SUBJECT
DIVISION



DISTRIBUTION



ENROLLMENT LIMIT
COURSE TYPE
Start Time
End Time
Day(s)