The Contemporary Stage and the Anti-Theatrical Prejudice|
Fall 2014 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Theater has always hosted a broad array of arts disciplines: dance, literature, music, the visual arts, and, most recently, film and the digital moving image are commonly incorporated on the theatrical stage. Regardless, the lingering assumption that theater is irrevocably anchored in a dramatic text resulted in the classification of the emerging theatrical forms of the late 20th century as "performance," rather than as "theater" per se. The course's theoretical foundation will be what Erika Fischer-Lichte has called "the performative turn." We will consider theater as event as we examine its mobility across arts disciplines. Theater's defining characteristic lies in the verifiable autonomy of a production's "performance text," not the written one, but the live and kinesthetic "text" that engages the actors' bodies and design elements in time and space.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None