PFS 259 – Gina Bloom – Theorizing Media and Performance – W 2:10 – 5, 248 Voorhies
GER 262 – Gail Finney – STUDIES IN TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY CULTURE – WEDNESDAYS 2-5 PM, Wellman 203 – CRN: 53273 – This seminar will be conducted on a two-track basis, so that students without a command of German may also participate: texts will be available in both English and German and class discussions will be conducted in English. Studies major modes and topics in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German and Austrian literature and culture, such as the Naturalist attention to the worker as protagonist, the influence of Zola, the women’s emancipation movement, the femme fatale as topos, decadence and aestheticism, art nouveau, the figure of the dandy, and the roles of Freud, Wagner, and Nietzsche. Authors treated include Gerhart Hauptmann, Henrik Ibsen, Elsa Bernstein, Frank Wedekind, Robert Musil, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Arthur Schnitzler, and Thomas Mann.
Agamben, State of Exception; Rose, Sexuality in the Field of Vision
PFS 259 – Theorizing Media and Performance – Gina Bloom – Wednesdays, 2:10-5pm This course offers a primer for students interested in the intersection of performance with media, with some emphasis on digital media. But it also will provide a forum for more advanced students to develop rigorous methodological frameworks for their work in these fields. We’ll begin by reading some foundational works in media studies (e.g., McLuhan, Hayles, Bolter and Grusin), going on to examine the work of key performance studies scholars who have shaped multimedia performance, cyborg theatre, digital performance, and such (e.g., Auslander, Lehmann, Phelan); important recent historical surveys of the field (e.g., Dixon; Salter); and various theoretical approaches (Birringer; Case; Broadhurst; Parker-Starbuck).
For the second part of the class, we will work closely with the methodological frameworks for studying performance and media offered in Sarah Bay-Cheng, Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, and David Z. Saltz’s recently published Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field. The book offers several possible taxonomies for theorizing the relationship between performance and media, and each of these presents a different framework for analyzing particular performance objects. E.g. Bay-Cheng suggests that we plot media and performance along the “axes of distortion in space, time, and bodies” (47). Parker-Starbuck focuses on the concepts of subject, object, and abject, arguing that these are attributes of both bodies and technologies, and she charts performances in terms of this taxonomy. Students will present to the class on a performance object of their choice: this can be anything from a production (including a production of the student’s own making), an object that does performative work on the theater stage (e.g. costume, props), a digital object (e.g. videogame, database), a practice (e.g. Meyerhold biomechanics, yoga), or a genre of performance (e.g. circus, poetry slam, puppetry). And each week, as we read about a different taxonomy for media-performance relations, we will test out its usefulness by applying it to student projects. Students will be encouraged to think about how their performance objects both support and resist these taxonomies as well as to develop new taxonomies that can contribute to the field of performance and media studies.
ANT 210 – On Affect and Representation – Cristiana Giordano – Wednesday, 3:10-6 pmThis seminar explores the relationship between affect and representation, and provides a space to reflect on affect as a research and experiential modality of relating to worlds around us. Deleuze understood affect as force and intensity, as the capacity to affect and be affected, and as the experience of what emerges in the in-between of the potential and the actual. As intensity, affect emerges in what passes from body to body, through objects, bodies and worlds at large. As Melissa Gregg and Gregory Seigworth put it, “Affect is in many ways synonymous with force or forces of encounter.” Based on these definitions of affect, we will reflect on the relationship between representation and affect in search for different ways of thinking about research, writing, and attending to the world. We will read the work of philosophers, anthropologists, and theorists of performance and the body. We will approach the texts through various practices of attention to their contents: reading, discussing, performing, drawing, writing, presenting, and other creative responses that will emerge in the collaborative process of being in a seminar together. The list of readings will be available by the mid of December. Books’ chapters and articles will be available on Smartsite, and when possible pdfs of books as well.