This seminar examines the intersections of transnational and national performance histories during the long nineteenth century and questions the ways transnational and related global methodologies reconfigure our ideas of performance, historiography, nation, race, gender, and queerness among others. How do attempts to de-center US and European-based nineteenth century performance narratives shift our notions of how to research, analyze, and write performance history? In what ways do transnational approaches reconceptualize how we might theorize performance inside and outside of the playhouse? What challenges do transnational and national approaches to performance present when writing about performance’s global circulation?
The course will discuss recent nineteenth century Theatre History and Performance Studies scholarship, including work by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Daphne Brooks, Marlis Schweitzer, and Tavia Nyong'o. We will consider a range of theoretical and historiographical approaches to performance across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Number of Credits
Category D: Designated Courses