AMS 315 • Asian American Theatre & Dance
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This is a lower division course designed to introduce students to the major literary, historical, and theoretical aspects of Asian American theatre and performance. Students need not have a familiarity with theatre or Asian American studies prior to this class. Students should, however, have an interest in learning about the ways race and ethnicity intersect with performance in American culture, through the specific lens of Asian American studies. We will draw connections between theater and other disciplines, including history, literature, and ethnic studies; we will read Asian American plays and performance texts from a variety of genres and time periods; we will consider the role of theatre and performance in both disenfranchising and empowering communities of color; we will consider the role performance plays in popular conceptions of the body, race, and gender; and we will approach theatre as an evolving, living form of art, entertainment, and social practice.
We will approach our material through a variety of means, including through readings, viewings, and class discussion. We will also occasionally read aloud from plays, stage informal scenes, and try out performance styles, including two class sessions devoted to a hands-on taiko drumming workshop.