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Spring 2012-2013
* THR 331 / LAO 331 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Special Topics in Performance History and Theory - Playing Latino

Brian E. Herrera

This course examines how the pan-ethnic construction of Latina/o cultural identity was rehearsed in twentieth century U.S. popular performance. We will consider a wide array of popular performances and assess the ways such performances have staged shifting perceptions and presumptions about Latinas/os in the United States and how those performances have contributed to broader discourses of race, identity, culture and nation. Topics will include: heritage performance, liturgical drama, stand-up comedy, 'crossover' film/theatre, television, and visual art, as well as literary drama, performance art, and activist teatro.

Sample reading list:
Deborah Paredez, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, & the Performance of Memory
Arthur Laurents, West Side Story
John Leguizamo, The Works of John Leguizamo: Freak, Spic-O-Rama, Mambo Mouth
William Nericcio, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the"Mexican"
Laura E. Garcia, Sandra M. Gutierrez & Felicitas Nunez, Chicano Teatro: A Collective Memoir and Selected Plays
Ilan Stavans and Lalo Alcaraz, Latino USA, Revised Edition: A Cartoon History
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Course readings will be historical, literary and theoretical, with playscripts, film and television functioning as objects for the course's analytic project. Regular in-class performance workshops and writing exercises will develop a body of critical and/or creative material to be refined for the final project

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Reserved Seats:
Juniors and Seniors Only 10
Freshmen and Sophomores Only 6


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42117 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Nassau Street, 185   206   Enrolled:3 Limit:16