Intersections Between Ritual and Theater|
Fall 2007 not offered
The course focuses on how particular uses of the body, space, narrative frames, and performative practices inform the limits and intersections between ritual and theater. Ritual is by definition an extra-daily ceremony in which participants aim at connecting with the spiritual/supernatural world. In theater, the actor alters his/her natural behavior to embody a character and engage in make-believe. We will look at a number of theoretical texts as well as case studies to examine the differences and points of contact between ritual and theater's modes of presence, performative techniques, spatial relationships, and narrative frames to better comprehend what is natural, unnatural, and supernatural in each kind of performative environment.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(SISP-Reli Conc)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will work on individual research papers (15-20 pages) throughout the semester. Research topics are due by the end of the first month of classes; a polished draft of the paper (7-10 pages) will serve as the mid-term; additionally, students will give an oral presentation of their research during the final week of classes. Shorter oral presentations are due throughout the course.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course combines lecture and seminar formats. Students will engage in independent research. Recommended for students with a background in either theatre or religious/ritual studies. Please contact the instructor via e-mail if you have questions.
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