AMCULT 311 - American Culture and the Humanities
Fall 2022, Section 006 - The Theatre of US Women's Liberation
Instruction Mode: Section 006 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Description

Modern women’s liberation in the United States emerged from the fire of New Left and Black Power in the 1960s-70s, and the theatre provided one of the movement’s most vigorous weapons. This seminar will explore theatre and performance works created alongside or in response to radical (sometimes called “second-wave”) feminism in the US. Whether through “street theatre” protests, performance art, devised theatre, or more recognizable dramatic forms, feminists regularly turned the theatre into a weapon for smashing patriarchy and building sisterhood. Examining their theatrical accomplishments, we will ask such questions as: How did the theatre change to accommodate the insights of women’s liberation? What effect did phrases like “the personal is political,” “identity politics,” “consciousness raising,” and “patriarchy” have on the way theatre was made? What makes a feminist play—and how does the answer change depending on what feminist principles one is upholding? How did radical feminists represent class, race, sexuality, and solidarity on their stages? How do playwrights from later decades remember the early flourishing of women’s liberation, and how differently does it look in memory rather than in practice?

Our readings will be representative feminist theatre works alongside political manifestoes and social and literary analyses, as well as samples of the feminist theatre criticism that emerged in their wake. Playwrights may include Valerie Solanas, Martha Boesing, Karen Malpede, Meredith Monk, María Irene Fornés, Ntozake Shange, Split Britches, Karen Finley, Robbie McAuley, and Wendy Wasserstein. 

 No prior experience with feminist texts or with theatre and performance is necessary. Engaged and open-hearted discussion is required. Assignments will include discussion questions posted before class, interpretive essays of course texts, and a longer final project that may be creative.

 

Major Requirement: American Literature; Identity/Difference

Schedule

AMCULT 311 - American Culture and the Humanities
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001 (LEC)
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18
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: 001: Food in American Culture Lecture
006 (LEC)
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3
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (LEC)
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2
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: 007: Empowering Community through Art
013 (LEC)
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4
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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