THEA 215
Asian-American Identities in Motion: Global Approaches to Dance Spring 2018
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed DANC 214 / GBST 215 / THEA 215 / AMST 214
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The course aims to explore dance and movement-based performances as mediums through which identities in Asian-American (including South Asian) diasporas are cultivated, expressed, and contested. We will examine theories related to nationalism, post-colonialism and diasporic identity-formation, and learn about the socio-historical contexts in which performances are used to maintain cultural continuity. We will explore how diasporic artists use performances to enforce or resist traditional practices and ideologies. Throughout the course, we will investigate issues of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, tradition/innovation, agency/resistance, and borrowing/appropriation among other topics. This is primarily a discussion-based seminar course but will also include attendance at live performances in the area, film screenings, and discussion and workshops with guest artists. No previous dance experience required.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 3053
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation includes reading responses, participation, short papers, a midterm, and a final essay
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under DANC or THEA; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under GBST or AMST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
DANC 214 Division I GBST 215 Division II THEA 215 Division I AMST 214 Division II

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