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Performing Identities (FGSS Gateway)

FGSS 228
Fall 2022
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate, Queer Studies

Despite the ways that "difference" matters in our social world, identity categories--particularly race, class, gender, and sexuality--are largely constructed. This course uses "performance" as a lens through which to better understand the constructedness of identity. Further, it explores how minority artists and theorists mobilize art and "performance" in their efforts to scrutinize these identity categories' coherence and authority. We will explore the following questions: To what extent can "identity" be understood as a biological truth? How do historical and political needs shape how categories of difference appear? What political potential might art and performance generate, especially for helping us to imagine beyond our current identificatory regimes? Ultimately, this course suggests that the "performativity" of identity might suggest possibilities for undoing its real oppressive implications.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS FGSS
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(FGSS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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