AMCULT 405 - Topics in American Culture
Fall 2020, Section 002 - Dancing Women/Dancing Queer
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Integration was central to both the theories and practices of mid-twentieth century American race relations. This course brings together content and methods from dance studies and performance studies to consider responses to integration, from landmark civil rights legal decisions to social and arts movements that questioned mainstream understandings of integrations' potential denial of racial difference. The course will be anchored in key examples drawn from American dance from 1930-1970, but will also include study of complementary performances in theatre and musical theatre. The course will develop students' performance analysis skills through close readings of choreographic works, plays, and librettos, as well as introducing students to performance studies' approaches appropriate for considering embodied forms of public engagement, including civil rights protests and political speeches, as performance. Interweaving dance and performance studies in a final writing project will provide undergraduate students with a dance-specific paper appropriate for application to graduate programs in dance studies and performance studies. The class will also provide historical and theoretical concepts students can deploy in their work as artists and as critically-engaged audience members.

Credit earned in this course will count toward the History and Ideas requirement for dance majors.

Course Requirements:

There will be two major assignments. The mid-term will be submitted asynchronously as a paper, and the final will be a mix of asynchronous and synchronous: a group project focused on creating an online dance experience.

Class Format:

This course will use Canvas for all asynchronous online components. Synchronous weekly meetings will be conducted through Zoom. Students should have access to an internet connected computer, a camera and microphone.


AMCULT 405 - Topics in American Culture
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002 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Course instruction is remote and synchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be available remotely during scheduled class times.
003 (LEC)
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM

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