African Theater and Performance
Instructor: Catherine M. Cole
An exploration of theater, dance, and other types of performance from Africa, this class focuses this term on South Africa and West Africa. We will consider plays by writers such as Wole Soyinka, Ama Ata Aidoo, and Athol Fugard, as well as contemporary dance works by choreographers such as Mamela Nyamza and Gregory Maqoma. This course will develop critical thinking, literary analysis, and essay writing—skills that will prove of crucial value in students' lives after college. Beyond this, the overarching purpose of this course is to cultivate cross-cultural literacy and intercultural understanding through the arts. Students can enroll in this class knowing nothing about Africa, and by course’s end, they will have gained a foundational orientation to the performative cultures of a complex, dynamic, influential, and vibrant part of our world.