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ENGL 7765 What Is Performance? (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Performance is everywhere in critical discourse today. But what is it? This course, which satisfies the M.A. theory requirement, introduces the dynamic field of performance studies, which fuses theater studies, anthropology, ethnography, and theory. We will test the utility of the field’s primary concepts, including performativity, for the analysis of specific cultural performances, ranging from scripted plays to glam rock to gender to performance art (including one local event chosen by the class). Work will include analyzing a theatrical or cultural performance of your own choosing.


Instructor(s): Andrew Sofer

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course fulfills the MA theory requirement


Last Updated: 26-Jan-16