Folklore | Ethnography of Performance
F750 | 28572 | S. Seizer


Fulfills: Theory

Above class meets with CMCL-C502.

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the
ethnographic study of performance. We will read influential studies
from scholars working in a wide range of disciplinary and
interdisciplinary homes including anthropology, folklore,
ethnomusicology, linguistics, art history, film, theater, dance,
journalism, and communication & culture. Grounded in a historical
consideration of the scholarly move to appreciate interpersonal
communication as interactive event rather than simply as verbal
text, we will pay particular attention to how scholars represent the
interaction between observer and observed in their writings on
performance. By attending to the specificity of any such given
text/context relation, this course aims to give students tools to
both read, write, and think clearly about the role of culture in
performance.