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COMM 215

Theatre, Culture and Society

Theatre, Culture and Society explores representations of social identity, culture, and ideology in live performance and film with special emphasis on issues of race, gender, class, and sexual identity. Live performances and historical performance descriptions are considered as texts to be 'read' within cultural contexts, alongside mediated events, such as film, television, or novels, with special focus on performance traditions of non-dominant social groups from cultural, critical, historical, and theoretical perspectives. The course also explores the role of the audience, historical performance, and strategies for recognizing, reinforcing, or subverting conventional depictions of power and ideology.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities- or -Privilege, Power And Diversity 1

Fall Semester information

Timothy Good

215A: Theatre, Culture and Society

August Wilson wrote ten plays about the experiences of specific African American cultural contexts in the United States, and set one play in each decade of the twentieth century. We will read these plays, with accompanying historical and theoretical positioning, focusing on how people negotiate the dynamics of inequality in their various contexts. Final projects can be academic or creative. The course is designed to provide a background for the Spring 2018 DePauw Theatre production of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, which will also be offered as a Winter Term course in 2018.


Spring Semester information

Timothy Good

215A: Theatre, Culture and Society

Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed. The course examines Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, in specific Latin American contexts of Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Grounded in theory and practice of resisting oppression, we interrogate how Boal and Freire work with non-dominant members of societies to claim voice, power, and agency. Students can do final projects in pedagogy and/or theatre, if they wish, including creative projects.