THEATER AND ANTHROPOLOGY: READINGS IN PERFORMANCE STUDIES
Listed in: English, as ENGL-95
Jennifer A. Cayer (Section 01)
Theater and anthropology have been linked, from debates on the ritual origins of theater to those accounts of the performative dimensions of rendering the fieldwork experience in writing. “Performance” is a key term for both disciplines. We will begin with the links forged between theater and anthropology, and the debates and discussions that contributed to the development of performance studies as a discipline. We will then look closely at the relationship between performance art practices and the enterprise of fieldwork-based ethnography. What does it mean to stage theatrically an “other” or the idea of otherness? How have artists used the body in performance to imagine and enact culture, nation, otherness, selfhood, and the complex relations among them? Our comparison of artistic and social practices will be grounded in the following topics: ritual, play, gender, documentation, primitivism, exoticism, the participant-observer process as it relates to self-other dynamics, and practices of spectatorship and the gaze.
Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Cayer.
If Overenrolled: Preference given to senior and junior English and Theater & Dance majors.
Offerings2013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 20112013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 20122013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 20092013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 20102013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 20092013-14: Offered in Spring 2014
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 20152013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010