ENGL 376 Literature as Performance


The course will consider various theoretical issues about the many ways in which “literature as performance” may be seen as a four-way encounter between text, context, artist, and audience, each one helping to enhance aesthetic experience and “present enjoyment of the intrinsic qualities of the act of expression itself” (Bauman). The course provides an appropriate intellectual framework for critical analysis and appreciation of a wide range of traditional and contemporary art forms. Along with theoretical considerations, there will also be opportunity to observe recorded and/or live performance events. Students may be required to offer individual or group performance mini-projects as part of the requirements.