Engaging Audiences: Spectatorship Within Black Popular Culture and Performance|
Spring 2015 not offered
THEA 370, AFAM 370|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course uses recent scholarship on spectatorship and popular culture to interrogate the production and reception of "popular" black performances and representations within and beyond the United States. With special attention to the historical context in which these black cultural products are created, disseminated, and received, we focus on the social spaces, local contexts, temporal conditions, and embodied acts within which these case studies emerge and examine the political implications of their consumption and sustainability. Central to our investigation will be a consideration of the ways in which the terrain of "the popular" is inextricably linked to issues of aesthetics, appropriation, authenticity, circulation, community, globalization, identity, marginalization, meaning-making, and power. Case studies will include historic and contemporary examples from theater, dance, film, music, media, and the visual arts.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Course readings will include criticism and theory from authors such as: Jacqueline Bobo (film), Susan Bennett (theater), Pierre Bourdieu (sociology), Catherine Cole (theater), Harry Elam (theater), Michael D. Harris (visual arts), Richard Iton (music), John Jackson (Anthropology), Ric Knowles (theater), David Krasner (theater), Mark Anthony Neal (cultural studies), Susan Manning (dance), Joseph Roach (performance studies)
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Assignments will include weekly memos, class presentations, and a final paper/project.
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