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Women and Theatre: Provocative Performance

ENGL 356.401
crosslisted as: THAR 279
TR 12-1:30 pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

What is “feminist theatre?” This course will examine a wide array of performance pieces by and about women, in turn serious, hilarious, outrageous, poignant—and always provocative. How can theatre provoke not only thought and feeling, but also social, political, and personal change?

We will focus on both plays and performance art pieces, which we will read and/or view onstage or on film. These readings/viewings will be contextualized with material on feminist theatre theory and history. The class will also take full advantage of events occurring on campus and in Philadelphia during the course of the semester. Highlights will include the FringeArts Festival in late summer, which always offers provocative performances from around the world (titles are not yet announced); the class will also feature invited guest speakers and artists.