ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Fall 2022, Section 005 - The Theatre of US Women?s Liberation
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). 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

ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
28889
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
24432
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1
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
28890
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1
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (LEC)
 In Person
30229
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12
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (LEC)
 In Person
32828
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
007 (LEC)
 In Person
33676
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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