LATS 335
Race, Gender, and Performance from Literature to Social Media Spring 2016 Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as COMP339 / THEA322 / AMST332 / LATS335 / WGSS330
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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: Type: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3825
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;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or THEA; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST, LATS or WGSS
Attributes: ASAM Related Courses; LATS Comparative Race + Ethnic Studies Electives; WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses; WGSS Theory Courses

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  • LATS 335 - 01 (S) SEM Race Gender Performance
    LATS 335 - 01 (S) SEM Race Gender Performance
    Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
    Vivian L. Huang
    TR 9:55 am - 11:10 am
    Hopkins Hall 105

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