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The Body as Text in Latina/o Theater and Performance
ENGL 362
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 366, THEA 362

How does one read a body, a body of work? This course will take as its basic premise that all bodies ask to be read, whether these bodies are socially, culturally, racially, sexually coded or bodies of work. In this course, students will be exposed to the historical underpinnings of Latina/o theater movements and performances, from the 1960s to the present, to underscore the contingent relationship between exercises of everyday life and acts on stage. The Latina/o body is not only marked by modalities of difference but is an essential instrument of the subject--oftentimes unheard, unsayable, and unnoticed. Therefore, in this course, a double gesture in bodily reading will occur: one that brings to the fore a particular type of theater and performance as an intellectual corpus and the other that highlights specific enduring bodies in time. To accomplish such ends, students will be exposed to plays, performance scripts, media works of performances, theoretical companion pieces focused on Latinidad, and theorizations of the body.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(THEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on APR-24-2014
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