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Connecting: From Stage to Screen to Monitors – and Back Again

ENGL 256.401
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

Exploring the multiple connections between theatre, cinema and the many other screens of contemporary technology, the course will trace the artistic and social cross-pollinations between a variety of media through readings, screenings, performances, and theoretical positions.  Three-dimensional, living stage pictures, cinematic dramas, and various cyber and digital interventions, all cohere in a shared impulse: the drama of representing the world through images.  Their connections reveal not only the structural and formal differences (and similarities) informing these different dramas; they also uncover the cultural and social positions of their audiences, as well as the material, historical, technological, and economic pressures that leave their marks in various ways. The course will be taught by two instructors, one each from Theatre Arts and Cinema Studies.  There are no prerequisites.