COMP 339
Race, Gender, and Performance from Literature to Social Media
Last Offered Spring 2016
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 332 / COMP 339 / WGSS 330 / THEA 322 / LATS 335
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

How can contemporary performance expand ideas and practices of belonging in the United States, as figured through race, gender, and sexuality? This spring course will begin with readings of dramatic literature including Suzan-Lori Parks’s Venus, David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, and Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment to analyze literary and staged performance, then continue to discussions and readings on the performance of everyday life via the work of performance artists including Adrian Piper, Nao Bustamante, and Yoko Ono. We will develop shared vocabulary and methodologies of performance studies, including readings by scholars including J.L. Austin, Judith Butler, and José Esteban Muñoz. This course will engage foundational texts to performance studies and offer an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship in gender and sexuality studies, critical ethnic studies, and performance studies from the 1970s to the present. This course recognizes a suspicion for diversity discourses that universalize human experience and asks: how do we resist normativizing forces without reinforcing the regulating logics of those forces? This EDI course will critically engage with diversity from the heterogeneous and multiple perspectives of racial, sexual, and gender minorities, asking students not only to examine the diversity of human experience but to explore the political stakes of creative expression through interdisciplinary methods and forms.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3823
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in-class participation, partnered presentation, weekly reading responses, performance analysis, final paper
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or THEA; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST, LATS or WGSS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 332 Division II COMP 339 Division II WGSS 330 Division II THEA 322 Division II LATS 335 Division II
Attributes: ASAM Related Courses
FMST Related Courses
LATS Comparative Race + Ethnic Studies Electives
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
WGSS Theory Courses

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