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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2007

ANS 378 • Senior Seminar in Asian Studies-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31680 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WCH 4.118

Course Description

Is there an "Asian theatre" distinct from Western theatre? How do theatre and drama reinforce cultural values and how do they challenge them? In this course we will examine selected Asian plays and performance styles in their cultural and artistic contexts. We will consider such topics as myth and ritual, Asian aesthetic theories, gender and performance, audiences and patronage. Readings will include plays in translation and selections from theatre history, theory, and criticism. We will also view a number of videos and films of different theatrical styles. This is a Significant Writing Component course. Half (50%) of the final grade will be based on your writing assignments.

Grading Policy

Two short papers (3-4 pages) 20% Oral reports 10% Exams (two) 30% One long paper (10-12 pages) 30% Attendance and participation 10%


Paperback editions of the following books are available for purchase in the University Co-op Textbook Store. These books are also on reserve in the Undergraduate Library (UGL). James Brandon, Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre W J Johnson, trans., The Recognition of Sakuntala Girish Karnad, Three Plays Cyril Birch, trans., Peony Pavilion Donald Keene, trans., Chushingura Other required readings are available in UGL reserves. They may also be downloaded and printed out from the UT library's Electronic Reserves.


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