Communication and Culture | Introduction to Performance in Communication and Culture
C502 | 22420 | Richard Bauman

Professor Richard Bauman

W 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Meets at 501 N Park St

Meets with FOLK-F 750

This course is an introduction to performance-oriented perspectives
on the study of social life. We will begin with a historical
consideration of the epistemology of performance in Western thought,
and then proceed to an extended examination of the two principal
senses of performance: performance as a special, artful mode of
communication, and performance as a class of display events. Three
problems will be the focus of special attention in our
deliberations: (1) the relationship between these two orders of
performance; (2) the continuities and discontinuities between
performance and other dimensions of communicative practice in social
life; and (3) the relationship between convention and creativity in
performance. We will balance our attention between the exploration
of theoretical and analytical perspectives on the one hand, and case-
study examination of specific performance forms on the other.


Bauman, Richard. 1977. Verbal Art as Performance. Prospect Heights,
IL: Waveland
Turner, Victor. 1982. From Ritual to Theatre. New York: PAJ
Collection of readings on e-reserve.