All the World's a Stage|
What can dramatic literature and events teach us about the performances of everyday life and how do they both reflect and shape those performances? We will examine different perspectives on the performance of everyday life and discuss the theoretical insights of Virginia Woolf, Clifford Geertz, Erving Goffman, Victor Turner, Judith Butler, Joseph Roach, Diana Taylor, and Peggy Phelan. We will immerse ourselves in dramatic literature and events that both illuminate and challenge those perspectives. Mining a range of texts and events, we will pay close attention to the performance of self, the creation of community, and the connections (and disconnects) between history and performance. In addition to dramatic literature, we will study a range of performance events, such as historical pageants, parades, living history museums, and solo performance.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYI, FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Authors include Shakespeare, Spalding Gray, Anna Deavere Smith, Adrienne Kennedy, Coco Fusco, Virginia Woolf, Clifford Geertz, Erving Goffman, Victor Turner, Judith Butler, Joseph Roach, Diana Taylor, and Peggy Phelan. In addition, we will be reading theory, criticism, and texts (both historical and dramatic) regarding historical pageants, parades, living history museums, and solo performance.
|Examination and Assignments: |
3 short critical and/or creative essays (3-4 pages). Final paper (5-7 pages). One group or individual project/presentation accompanied by an essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.
|Instructor(s): Moore,Alice Rebecca Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|