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AMST 226
Gender and the Dancing Body Spring 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AMST 226 / THEA 226 / DANC 226 / WGSS 226

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This course posits that the dancing body is a particularly rich site for examining the history of gender and sexuality in America and beyond. The aim of the course is to explore ideas related to gender and sexuality as prescribed by dominant cultural, social, and religious institutions, and how dance has been used to challenge those normative values. We will examine a wide range of dance genres, from stage performance to popular forms to dance on television, with particular attention to the intersections of race and class with gender. This is primarily a discussion-based seminar course but will also include attendance at live performances, film screenings, and discussions with guest artists. No previous dance experience required.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 10-15
Class#: 3387
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, reading responses and essays, and presentations
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: WGSS majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 226 Division II THEA 226 Division I DANC 226 Division I WGSS 226 Division II
DPE Notes: In the course, students will explore the concept of gender as a social construction and how the body's historical associations to markers of gender and sexuality lead to differences in socio-political power. The assigned texts and viewings provide examples of how bodies and their movements make meaning in a network of power relationships, and how artists use dance to address social inequalities such as sexism, racism, and transmisogyny, to imagine a more just world.

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