ANT 394M • Anthropology and Performing Arts
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
The seminar this semester will consider a number of performing arts genres that seem to generate particularly passionate commitments: rap and hip hop, opera, and sporting events. (Sporting events are not usually classified with performing arts, but we will take them as such for our purposes here, since our emphasis will be on fans' interest in the events.) The point is not to force all the material into a single perspective but rather to consider the nature of the enjoyment that people seem to take in these genres, such that they make one or another of the genres such an important part of their lives.