ITAL602 - HISTORIOGRAPHY&METHOD

Section Description: 
In this seminar we will explore the historiographies and methodologies of performance studies, opera/dance studies, and theater/drama studies, in their collisions, collusions, and resonances. The term performance “signals “a ‘broad spectrum’ or ‘continuum’ of human actions ranging from ritual, play, life performances . . . to the enactment of social, professional, gender, race, and class roles, and on to healing . . . the media, and the internet” (R. Schechner). We will read work by, among others, B. Brecht, A. Artaud, V. Turner, M. Carlson, W.B. Worthen, J. Rancière, J.L. Austin, J. Butler, R. Schneider, E. Fischer-Lichte, H.-T. Lehmann, G. Didi-Huberman, N. André, N. Eidsheim, A. Cavarero, K. Thurman, N. Cook, C. Abbate, D. Levin, J. Novak, and S. McClary--dealing with topics such as agency, performativity, time, materiality, technology and mediation, multimodality, spectatorship, voice, embodiment, dance/movement, the “Baroque,” reconstruction and re-enactment, theatricality, intercultural and postdramatic approaches. Although we will focus on performance works by, among others, R. Wilson, P. Sellars, E. LeCompte, P. Bausch, T. Brown, A. T. De Keersmaeker, W. Kentridge, E. Montanari, and R. Castellucci, students are encouraged to share their own case studies. And although, for assignments, we will initially experiment with adopting existing methodologies, for their required final project (a min. twenty-page paper) students are expected to elaborate their own critical categories in order to research performance objects selected not exclusively within the province of opera/dance/theater but also within the range of possibilities investigated by performance studies in general.
Instructors: 
CALCAGNO, MAURO
Day and Time: 
F 0200PM-0500PM
Section ID: 
ITAL602401
Title (text only): 
HISTORIOGRAPHY&METHOD
Subject Area: 
ITAL
Term: 
2020C
Term Session: 
0
Activity: 
SEM
Course Number Only: 
602
Section Number Only: 
401
Cross Listings: 
    Status: 
    O
    Course ID: 
    ITAL602