Contemporary Theater: Theories and Aesthetics
Spring 2022 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate
This class will serve as an introduction to Theater & Performance Studies, interdisciplinary fields that brush against anthropology, linguistics, critical race studies, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and art history. We will approach "performance" as a practice and a lens. Students will explore close reading strategies for both textual and live performance events and examine live art, theater, everyday performances, and presentations of the self. This course will pay particular attention to the social and cultural importance of performance and performativity, especially as they come to bear upon queer, black, Latinx, and indigenous lives and dreams.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Prerequisites: THEA105 OR THEA150 OR THEA245 OR [THEA199 or ENGL269] OR THEA185
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(THEA)
Histories, Theories, Criticism, and Plays.
|Examinations and Assignments:
Includes group and individual presentations, online posts, short papers, and a research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
THEA 302 is a required course for Theater Majors.
The Theater Department organizes a variety of performances for students enrolled in its courses. Field trips to see performances off campus are integrated into course syllabi. Instructors will notify students of all dates at the beginning of the semester and costs for all course field trips are covered (specifically, transportation to and from the performance and tickets). Any potential scheduling conflicts for field trips should be discussed with faculty members. Once students indicate that they are going and tickets are purchased, it is assumed they will attend. (Students backing out of field trips they had said they would attend will be asked to cover the cost of their ticket.) Performances of visitors to Wesleyan's Center for the Arts are integrated into course syllabi and students are required to attend these performances unless otherwise negotiated with instructors. Tickets for performances are available to students at the Box Office in Usdan at the reduced price of $6.00.
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