Spring 2009

Twentieth-Century Theater of the Americas

Listed in: English, as ENGL-11


Jennifer A. Cayer (Section 01)


This course will serve as an introduction to theater, performance art, and cultural politics in the Americas since 1960. We will read and discuss both U.S. and Latin American theater as aesthetic and sociocultural phenomena. We will discuss how identity is performed in the everyday sense and how historical identities, selves, and others have been performed. We will pay particular attention to how theater practitioners and theorists have responded to, adapted, and critiqued European traditions. Topics may include feminism, dictatorship, censorship and self-censorship, exile, experimentation and absurdist theater, queerness and gender, historical revision, and political theater. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Cayer.