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Performance Studies Issues and Methods

This course explores performance, performativity, and Performance Studies from a variety of perspectives. We begin by considering the historical formation of Performance Studies as a field of study. We will pay close attention to events that we actually experience. We will extrapolate issues from them, read theory through them, and explore methods for documenting, analyzing, interpreting,and and writing about them. Readings will contextualize the performances we experience as well as offer models for how they might be studied. We will pay particularly close attention to methods, from observation and interviewing to working with historical sources. Weekly written responses to the readings and to the performances as well as exercises in the use of particular methods will provide the basis for class discussions and oral presentations. All the work that you have done for the course will be submitted in the form of a portfolio on Friday December 15.