We engage with contemporary and historical embodied responses to, representations of, and resistances to conflict, violence, and the state at local, national, and hemispheric levels in Latin America. We will contend explicitly with race, gender, and sexuality.
Theatre and performance –as embodied action, behavior, world-making—function as the objects and subjects of our study, as well as methodology. Students have the option, to engage with material through performance as well as discussion and writing. We work with plays, collective creation, and street performance; we also draw from urban studies, cultural studies, visual studies, historiography, eco-criticism, and decoloniality, with a particular emphasis on moving and thinking from the south.
Students wishing to substitute/work with Spanish, Portuguese or indigenous language materials are encouraged to speak with instructor about doing so. Final papers may be written in English or Spanish.