|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Within the frame of performance studies, this seminar focuses on how particular uses of the body, space, and narrative inform the limits and intersections between ritual and theater, acting theories, and audience reception. Performance is broadly defined to include cultural events and nontraditional performances. We will look at a number of theoretical texts as well as case studies, performances, and theories to examine theatrical modes of action and presence, as well as the limits between real and fictional.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)(THEA)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Joseph Roach, "Cities of the Dead"
Victor Turner, "From Ritual to Theatre"
Erika Fisher-Lichte, "The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics"
Course reader (online)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will work on individual research papers (15-20 pages) throughout the semester. Research topics are due by the end of the first month of classes; a polished draft of the paper (7-10 pages) will serve as the mid-term; additionally, students will give an oral presentation of their research during the final week of classes. Shorter oral presentations are due throughout the course. Possible topics are (but not limited to): acting/ritualizing; modes of heightened presence; ritual practices in experimental theatre; fictional and real in performance; performances of the diasporas; urban United States, tradition, and cultural rites; public performance as social ritual; music in performance; spectatorship; embodiment in performance; comparative analyses of performances that draw from specific cultural practices.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course combines lecture and seminar formats. Students will engage in independent research. Students are invited to bring additional readings on their research projects to class discussions. Recommended for students with a background in either performance (theater, dance, music, performance art) or religious/ritual studies. Please contact the instructor via e-mail if you have questions.
|Instructor(s): Nascimento,Claudia Tatinge Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: TST114; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 12||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: 0|