PMA 1139

PMA 1139

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

The story of twentieth century American popular culture is in no small part a story of talented comediennes being denied stages, microphones, and cameras.  What is so threatening about a funny woman?  Who is threatened?  In what ways, and in which venues, have comediennes found ways to perform - and who exactly laughs with (or at) them? In this course, we will use various case studies, from medieval commedia dell'arte to silent film star Fay Tincher to Netflix series like Haters Back Off!, to generate a working response to these questions and more.  With an emphasis on in-class discussion and peer editing, this course helps students develop the particular skills required to write about popular culture and performance in its various contexts.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded