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Theories of the Body in Performance

Drama 5301 - Spring 2021

Over the past twenty years, "the body" has become a popular subject of study across multiple disciplines, including anthropology, philosophy, women's/gender/sexuality studies, religious studies, and the growing field of performance studies. This graduate seminar pairs critical theory readings about embodiment (and its attendant phenomena, including corporeality, kinesthesia, emotions, the senses, etc.) with investigation into how specific artists work out such ideas in performance. Identity categories often marked by the body, including race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and their intersections, will be particularly important, as will considerations of labor and power. In addition to discussion of texts, in-class work includes embodied and creative exercises as a way for students to apply theory to practice. Assignments deepen students' artistry, help them develop analytical writing and presenting skills, and prepare them for work in both performance-based and academic arenas.
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Theories of the Body in Performance
INSTRUCTOR: Joanna Dee Das
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