Instructor: Luckett              T/R             11:00-12:20pm

This course is an introduction to performance studies, an interdisciplinary practice that examines cultural enactments of all kinds—from storytelling and play to literary narrative and performance art, from theater and popular media to the performance of everyday life through self-presentation, social interaction, and ritual. Performance studies scholars employ multiple methods—primarily ethnography, critical textual analysis, and performance—to study the ways humans embody and enact their identities and relationships in everyday life and toward ritualistic, artistic, political, and/or culturally specific ends. This course combines lectures, discussion, readings, writing, scripting, and individual and group performances of oral and literary texts that explore sometimes controversial topics involving race, religion, gender, and sexuality.