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Senior Seminar: The Art of Minor Resistance: Advanced Readings in Race, Gender, Performance
/ COMP 404
/ WGSS 416
/ ARTH 416
This seminar will study stagings and aesthetic theories of dissent in feminist, queer, anti-colonial, and anti-racist performance. An attunement to performance and to the minor is also a turn toward minoritarian knowledges and lifeworlds. Of interest will be modes of sensing and relating that are not often legible as political–including aesthetics of opacity, quiet, disaffection, aloofness, and inscrutability–but could be understood as critiques of political recognition. Performance is a capacious rubric in this class that will include performance art, social media, photography, music videos, poetry, street protest, and everyday life. Students will learn to describe, interpret, and theorize performance through discussion, writing, and creative form.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
in-class discussion, partner presentation, weekly reading responses, final project
WGSS majors, students with previous performance studies coursework
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: