Performance, Narrative, and the Body

Performance, Narrative, and the BodyThis seminar examines the politics of the body through the broadly inter/transdisciplinary frame of the narrative and performance. This course devoted to understanding the specific ways theories of the body and cultural practices operate in everyday life and social formations. Understanding Foucault’s discussion of the “Body” as the center of multiple discourses, this course will specifically examine how the “body” is performed and how narrative is constructed in a variety of different context such as (and not limited to) race, gender, disease, sexuality and culture. We will place the text/performance at the center (rather than the margins) of inquiry, asking how far and how deeply textuality and performativity reach into our lives, and how text and performances construct our identities, differences, and our bodies – who we are and who we can become.