Lives of 20th-Century American Theater Artists|
Fall 2016 not offered
The seminar provides an overview of groundbreaking moments in 20th-century American theater history through a comparative examination of the autobiographies, biographies, diaries, journals, and letters of important actors, designers, directors, and theater critics. Many of these artists are members of minority groups, and all have contributed to significant changes in the nation's theatrical landscape.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Autobiographies, biographies, diaries, journals, and letters of American artists such as (but not limited to) Anne Bogart, Spalding Gray, Robert Edmond Jones, Tennessee Williams, Judith Malina, Eva Le Gallienne, Canada Lee, Thornton Wilder.
Theoretical texts on how to approach such materials include selections from Phillipe Lejeune's ON DIARY AND ON AUTOBIOGRAPHY; Pierre Bourdieu's THE BIOGRAPHICAL ILLUSION; Paul John Eakin's HOW OUR LIVES BECOME STORIES: MAKING SELVES; and Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson's READING AUTOBIOGRAPHY: A GUIDE FOR INTERPRETING LIFE NARRATIVES.
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Class presentation on an artists' autobiography that includes historical context, visual research, and glossary of terms; short essay on biographical materials; final paper that discusses the biographical narrative an artist of the student's choice and utilizes a theoretical framework examined in the course.