Communication And Culture | Topics in Performance & Culture
C414 | 1183 | Stoeltje

Topic: Voices of Women

The course will focus attention on women's experice as told through their
own voices or through the voices of "tradition," which are not always
gendered. We will examine narratives of birth, violence, and romance as
sung through ballads and song, told through narratives of experience and
life histories, and expressed through folk tales, both literary and
performed, traditional and feminist.

Our study will consider women's stories, as women have told them and as
"tradition" has embodied them in Africa and in the English speaking
tradition (folk and fairy tales).

The course will have three written projects: an interview with a woman
about her life experience; a group project on social problems facing
women; a fairy tale project.  Grades will be based on the written projects
plus performance in class on a daily basis