This course focuses on the emerging "knowledge formation" of performance studies. It includes discourses concerning the relationship between text and practice; performance as a reflection of society, a witnessing to an experience, or a challenge to social structures or ways of knowing; emerging ideas of audience reception theory; and so forth. By the end of the course, students will have
- a basic comprehensive knowledge of some of the canonical theorists and texts associated with performance studies,
- a knowledge of several recent case-studies to which these theories can be applied for deeper understanding, and
- a knowledge of the ways in which meaning is produced through both textual and performative discourses.