ANS 384 • Theatre/Gender/Performance in S. Asia
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This graduate seminar will examine the interlinked phenomena of female performance and female impersonation in South Asia. Historical and ethnographic studies as well as contemporary cultural critiques of "women" in music, dance, and theatre will be the focus. The seminar will consider both gender formation in the colonial period and its reworking in recent times. Theoretical frameworks drawn from feminist theory, literary criticism, and performance studies will be juxtaposed with materials specific to South Asia, including ethnographies, autobiographies, plays and films. Reflective viewing of films and live performances will provide an important supplement to the required readings.
Two research papers, one primarily devoted to a historical topic, the other engaging with current gender and cultural politics: 80% Two brief oral reports on films and performances: 10% Leading discussion of seminar readings: 10%