PMA 1138

PMA 1138

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

The history play is among the oldest forms of dramatic text. Performances that draw upon historical narratives for their subject matter continue to proliferate upon the contemporary stage. However, the past and its construction is a site of contention. Women, people of color, and individuals identifying with the LGBTQ community, name but a few identity categories that find themselves ignored and erased by many historical narratives. This course considers how performance can be a tool for marginalized communities to reassert narrative control over accounts of the past. Through close reading and analysis of dramatic texts and live/mediated performances, as well as a wide range of critically engaged writing assignments, we will explore questions surrounding history's construction and the potential of performance to intervene.

When Offered Fall, spring.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17715 PMA 1138   SEM 101

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