Spring 2012 not offered
Within the frame of performance studies, this seminar focuses on how particular uses of the body, space, and narrative inform the limits and intersections between ritual and theater. Ritual and theater are broadly defined to include cultural events and nontraditional performances. We will look at a number of theoretical texts as well as case studies, performances, and rituals to examine the differences and points of contact between ritual and theater's modes of action and presence, spatial relationships, and narrative frames.
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
. Writing: Students will work on a 15-20 page research paper throughout the semester.
2. Intercultural Literacy: The course examines rituals and ritualistic performances across cultures and time periods.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)(THEA)
Joseph Roach, "Cities of the Dead"
Victor Turner, "From Ritual to Theatre"
Erika Fisher-Lichte, "The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics"
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|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. Possible topics are (but not limited to) acting/ritualizing; modes of presence; ritual practices in experimental theatre; new rituals; ritual and diasporas; urban United States, tradition, and cultural rites; public performance as social ritual; music in ritual and performance; spectatorship in ritual, theatre, and ritual theatre; embodiment in ritual and performance; comparative analysis of different rituals/ritualized practices.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course combines lecture and seminar formats. Students will engage in independent research. Students are invited to bring additional readings on their research projects to class discussions. Recommended for students with a background in either theatre or religious/ritual studies. Please contact the instructor via email if you have questions. This course fulfills the Religion Department "Thematic Approaches" major requirement.
For Theater majors, It is recommended Theater History and one additional course in dramatic literature, theory, or ethnography. Majors in other departments should have taken 200-level or upper research or ethnography courses. Please email any questions.
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