Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Riccio, Thomas
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6340 Section 501
R Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Performance Studies

Description of Course:

Designed to be an introduction to performance studies, this course will present an overview of the field and its connections to other disciplines such as anthropology, theatre, philosophy, dance, feminism, folklore, and cultural studies. Themes examined will include performance historiography, performance of everyday life, and performance in relationship to race, gender, politics, and technology. Special attention will be paid to the issues of “multiculturalism” and the political, social, and economic context of performance. Theoretical and historical information will be grounded in and relate to performance manifestations in and around Dallas. Students will be asked to consider a wide range of performances -- theatrical, choreographic, spontaneous, religious, erotic, and political. Through theoretical readings and close analyses of performances the class will ask what makes for such a diverse performance culture and how does it reveal the human geography of the region, nation, and time we live in. A special emphasis will be applied to approaches to writing about performance.

Required Texts:

Performance Studies: An Introduction
Schechner, Richard

The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies
Davis, Tracy C. (Editor)

Fortier, Mark

Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theatre, and Culture
Riccio, Thomas
Peter Lang Publishers

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

• Performance and event attendance.
• Students will be asked to attend various performance events and write a series of performance response papers.
• In addition to performance response students will be asked to write an occasional reading response and/or complete an exercise related to class work. Total of 6 response/Exercise papers.
• A longer essay reporting and dealing with interpretative and historical perspectives of a specific performance will also be required as a final project. Minimum 6,000 words
• Students are expected to actively participate in seminar discussions.

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