The Body as Text in Latina/o Theater and Performance|
Spring 2013 not offered
AMST 366, THEA 362|
How does one read a body, a body of work? This course will take as its basic premise that all bodies ask to be read, whether these bodies are socially, culturally, racially, sexually coded or bodies of work. In this course, students will be exposed to the historical underpinnings of Latina/o theater movements and performances, from the 1960s to the present, to underscore the contingent relationship between exercises of everyday life and acts on stage. The Latina/o body is not only marked by modalities of difference but is an essential instrument of the subject--oftentimes unheard, unsayable, and unnoticed. Therefore, in this course, a double gesture in bodily reading will occur: one that brings to the fore a particular type of theater and performance as an intellectual corpus and the other that highlights specific enduring bodies in time. To accomplish such ends, students will be exposed to plays, performance scripts, media works of performances, theoretical companion pieces focused on Latinidad, and theorizations of the body.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Miguel Piñero, SHORT EYES: A PLAY
Nilo Cruz, ANA IN THE TROPICS
Luis Valdez, ZOOT SUIT AND OTHER PLAYS
Cherríe L. Moraga, HEROES AND SAINTS AND OTHER PLAYS: GIVING UP THE GHOST
José Rivera, MARISOL AND OTHER PLAYS
Pedro Pietri, THE MASSES ARE ASSES
Yolanda Broyles-González, EL TEATRO CAMPESINO: THEATRE IN THE CHICANO MOVEMENT
José E. Muñoz, DISIDENTIFICATIONS: QUEERS OF COLOR AND THE PERFORMANCE OF POLITICS
Coursepack with critical/theoretical readings
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Critical Response Papers
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Attendance and participation factor into final grade.
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference and Theory requirement and contributes to the American Literature, Race & Ethnicity, and Theory & Literary Forms concentration requirements of the English major.
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