Instructor: Zamora /  Russell
Tues 3:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HONORS (non University Honors Program students with GPA of 3.2 or higher can request permission by contacting  

In both written and performed narratives, the creator/s and the audience intertwine to create an alchemical reaction. In that reaction lives the final product: a living piece of art conjured from the collaboration of audience and the creator/s.

But where does the human imagination intersect with ethical responsibility? Whether performing a lived experience, adapting another culture’s folktales, or writing a poem, how is art and practice of the art affected but the necessary and complex considerations of authorial creation? And what, if any, responsibility does an audience undertake in consumption?

This interdisciplinary course will explore relevant and timely examples and debates around ownership and appropriation of narratives. The class will use the questions of Who owns a narrative? and Who has the right to tell a certain story? as entry points into the current conversations around agency in the performance of narratives, including a movement toward the how of the art. How does the art approach and embody these considerations?