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Spring 2016-2017
ENG 571   No Pass/D/Fail

Literary and Cultural Theory - Performance and Performativity

Alexandra T. Vazquez

This course investigates "performance" and "performativity" as both curricular objects and modes of inquiry. As the field of performance studies begins to take root in many contemporary locations, the seminar re-ignites a spirit of radicality to theories of performativity and engage critical and creative works that challenge the field's dominant paradigms of embodiment, liveness, and official theatrical stages. Through close attention to critical experiments in sound, visual arts, and literature, the seminar explores how performance and performativity enliven scholarly methodologies and aesthetic forms.

Sample reading list:
Danielle Goldman, I Want to Be Ready:Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom
Yong Soon Min and Viet Le, transpop: Korea Vietnam Remix
Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things
José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia
Janielle Reinelt and Joseph Roach, Critical Theory and Performance
Peter Szendy, Listen: A History of our Ears
See instructor for complete list

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42646 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled