THE 442/542 Women and Theatre: The Politics of Representation (3)

Examines the ways in which gender is a performed cultural construct, made up of learned values and beliefs. Also introduces ideas about race, ethnicity, and sexuality, and the ways in which these contribute to the cultural construction of identity. Uses theatre to examine societal patterns of power and assumptions about suitable roles and behavior for women. The course will engage students in both text-based and performance-based activities, helping students practice embodying and responding to texts in bold, experimental, intellectually rigorous ways. An optional graduate student component will help those students develop their own ways to teach these materials in the future. Cross-listed with WGS.

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