Graduate Topics in Gender Studies: Black Performance

G701 — Fall 2019

Gabriel Peoples
Days and Times
R 9:30AM-12:00PM
Course Description

In Black Performance, we will explore how performance is inextricable from Blackness, which is inextricable from gender. In doing this, we will trouble the construction and ontology of Blackness, gestures, behaviors, and timbres of Blackness and investigate the "quareness" of Blackness. We will consider how Black performance contributes to and undergirds Performance Studies, which has been instrumental in Gender Studies. From plays to music to poetry and more, we will use Black performance as, and to elucidate, theories of race, gender, and culture. Thus, we unite art, performance, and academic texts as tools of inquiry into Black performance that offer insight and meaning that neither can do alone.

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