ENGL 335
Moving Words, Wording Dance Spring 2024
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed DANC 302
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How can we capture the “liveness” of dance and performance through writing? How can the spoken and written word promote a deeper understanding of felt emotions expressed through embodied practice? In this tutorial, we will explore different modes of writing about performance such as fiction, ethnography, and performative writing. While there will be skill-based goals and a set outline for the tutorial, core texts that will anchor the conversations and paired writing assignments will be selected according to the interests of enrolled students. Texts will be complemented with visual materials and/or virtual conversation with artist-scholars to encourage a multilayered experience with writing about performance. The course is reading and writing intensive, and oriented towards juniors, seniors, and those with deep interest in analytical and creative writing. Students will (i) read several monographs during the semester, (ii) produce creative and critical writing (at least 5-6 pages every two weeks and a longer final essay) (iii) be committed to the peer review and revision process of their own work and that of their writing partners, and (iv) participate in discussions about course materials and reflections about their writing process.
The Class: Format: tutorial; enrollment in the course will require each student to have in-person or zoom meeting with the instructor before the first class meeting.
Limit: 8
Expected: 6
Class#: 3581
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: This tutorial is reading and writing intensive, and oriented towards juniors, seniors, and those with deep interest in analytical and creative writing. Students will (i) read several monographs during the semester, (ii) produce creative and critical writing (at least 5-6 pages every two weeks and a longer final essay) (iii) be committed to the peer review and revision process of their own work and that of their writing partners, and (iv) participate in discussions about course materials and reflections about their writing process.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Juniors and seniors, and those with specific interest in performance, creative, and analytical writing. Prior dance or performance experience not required.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 335 Division I DANC 302 Division I
WS Notes: Each student will write three 5- to 6- page papers on which the professor and peers will provide critical feedback on content, style, and form. After each cycle of feedback, students will submit a revision, and will discuss the revision process and the revised paper. As the final assignment, students will select one of the three papers to develop into a longer essay, which will be 10-15 pages.
DPE Notes: The monographs that will anchor the tutorial engage with politics of identity as it manifests in both staged and in everyday performances. The introductory points of exploration and the objects of analysis in the course are bodies in motion. So our inquiry throughout the semester will necessarily include how bodies "make meaning" in a network of power relationships within the context of historical associations to markers of race, class, gender, sexuality, and socially constructed differences

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