Folklore | Performance Studies
F750 | 22421 | Bauman

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 sense 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 Press.

Turner, Victor. 1982. From Ritual to Theatre. New York: PAJ
Publications. Collection of readings on e-reserve.