COMP 247
Gender, Sexuality and the Modern Stage
Last Offered Spring 2014
Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ENGL 253 / WGSS 250 / THEA 250 / COMP 247
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This interdisciplinary tutorial explores aspects of gender sexuality, performativity, and representations of the body in modern theatre and art. Close analysis of plays by dramatists -such as Sophie Treadwell, Lillian Hellman, Caryl Churchill, Milcha Sanchez-Scott, Ntozake Shange, Tony Kushner, Tim Miller, Naomi Iizuka, Paula Vogel, Suzan-Lori Parks, Tarell McCraney, and Sarah Kane – will occur alongside consideration of works by both artists and celebrities, such as Cindy Sherman, Karen Finley and Lady Gaga. Our approach to this varied material will be comparative and will be enriched by readings of select work by contemporary theorists, such as Judith Butler, bell hooks, CherrĂ­e Moraga, Eve K. Sedgwick, and Donna Haraway. This course meets the criteria of the Exploring Diversity Initiative as it draws focus towards the diversity of race, class and ethnicity represented by the subjects of our study as well as towards the political power of theatre and performance.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3949
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: students will meet with instructor in pairs for an hour each week; they will write a 5-7-page paper every other week (five in all), and comment on their partner's papers in alternate weeks
Extra Info: emphasis will be placed on developing skills in reading, interpretation, critical argumentation, and critical written and oral response
Extra Info 2: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: majors in Theatre, English or Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under THEA, COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 253 Division I WGSS 250 Division II THEA 250 Division I COMP 247 Division I
Attributes: PERF Interdepartmental Electives
WGSS Theory Courses

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