FOLK 103 401 Performing History
R. St. George
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 2:00-3:30 p.m.
DISTRIBUTION: ARTS & LETTERS (Class of '09
Cross-listed with: HIST 093, COML 103
From medieval processions to the Mummer's Parade, from military
reenactments to Mardi Gras communities do more than "write" or "read"
history in order to feel its power and shape their futures. Drawing
upon traditions in theater spectacle religion and marketing they also
perform their history-by replaying particular characters restaging
pivotal events and sometimes even changing their outcomes--in order to
test its relevance to contemporary life and to both mark and contest
ritual points in the annual cycle. This course will explore diverse
ways of "performing history" in different cultures including royal
passages civic parades historical reenactments community festivals and
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