Fall 2010

THEATER AND ANTHROPOLOGY:  READINGS IN PERFORMANCE STUDIES

Listed in: English, as ENGL-95

Faculty

Jennifer A. Cayer (Section 02)

Description

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.

Offerings

2013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 20112013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 20112013-14: Offered in Fall 2013
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 20112013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 20112013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 20102013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 20102013-14: 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 Spring 20112013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 20102013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 20102013-14: Offered in Spring 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010, Fall 2011
 

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