Pluralism and Diversity Group C
Individual and Society (Social Sciences)
Day / Time
W 10:10am – 1pm (HW 604)
The course analyzes the intersection between theater and feminist theory. It is designed for students who want to investigate what is specific to a play or a performance that may make it “feminist,” and analyze the ways in which feminist theories about gender, race, class and sexuality are dramatized and made into a performance.
Through an eclectic selection of plays, students will learn about the “burning issues” dramatized on stage; theatrical forms and structures; and the ideas and theories that inform the plays. Playwrights and performers include Susan Glaspell, Marita Bonner, The Five Lesbian Brothers, Split Britches, Betty Shamieh, Carmen Rivera, Coco Fusco, Eve Ensler, Jenny Lim and Lynne Nottage.
In addition to reading, watching and discussing plays, students are going to learn about warm-up exercises designed for the theater, and will have the option of writing an original monologue which may be performed when classes resume in person.
Requirements: short responses, individual presentations on a performer/theater group, final project/exam, readings (approximately 12-14 plays), Discussion Board entries, class participation on zoom/Bb Collaborate Ultra.
NO textbooks: plays are on e-reserve or Bb Course Materials.
NO formal theater training is necessary for this course.