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Amy Villarejo
Professor Amy Villarejo receives Distinguished Teaching Prize
PMA 6920 : Aesthetics and Politics of Touch
Crosslisted as: COML 6920, ENGL 6725 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Timothy Murray
The course will consider the aesthetic and politics of "touch" in dialogue with critical, artistic innovations.. Emphasizing differentiations between interactivity and immersion in art and theory, the course will discuss renewed critical emphasis on the legacy of phenomenology (from Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze to affect theory) in dialogue with recent writings on global critical race and sexual theory (Mbembe, Stoever, Ganguly, Lalu, Moten, Spillers, Cardenas).  Designed as an archive-based course, students will be invited to shape the second part of the syllabus around works featured in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art and in the 2018 CCA Biennial on "Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival" with the aim of staging a theory/practice final exhibit/performance based on conceptual approaches to "touch."
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PMA 3711 : Sitcom Jews: Ethnic Representation On Television and On Stage
Crosslisted as: JWST 3711 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
David Winitsky
"Sitcom Jews" uses close media analysis, theoretical discussion, and student performances or media projects to examine the representation of Jews on television and on the Broadway stage from 1948-2017. We'll ask whether study of performed Jewish identity can serve as a locus for discussion of cultural representation at large, including African American, Latinx, Asian American and LGBT communities on screen and onstage. Starting with classic sitcoms ("The Goldbergs" (1948), "All in the Family", and "Bridget Loves Bernie"), and continuing through current Jewish TV shows ("The Marvelous Ms. Maisel", "Transparent", "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), as well as major theater landmarks ("Fiddler on the Roof", "Cabaret", "Bad Jews", "Indecent"), we will compare these constructed media images to concurrent political, historical and cultural trends.
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PMA 9900 : Thesis and Research Projects
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Graduate student course while working on thesis and research for dissertation.
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PMA 7312 : Vocality and Embodiment
Crosslisted as: FGSS 7312, LGBT 7312, MUSIC 7312 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Judith Peraino
The voice occupies a peculiar phenomenological position, on one hand emanating from material bodies and conveying that materiality with register, mannerism, grain, and break; on the other hand existing as disembodied sound waves, and an internalized sonorous Other. This course will explore the many cultural and conceptual approaches to the voice and its role in the production of music, language, desire, subjectivity, embodiment, and the human.  Students will workshop projects developed within the course or already underway as part of a dissertation, article, performance, or recording.
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PMA 7100 : The Pedagogy of Theatre
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Provides graduate students in the field of theatre an opportunity to work directly with a faculty member to explore pedagogical theory and practice for undergraduate theatre classes in all areas of the curriculum.
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PMA 7000 : Independent Study for Graduate Students in Theatre
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Independent study in theatre allows graduate students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the course, must approve the student's program of study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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PMA 6866 : Practicum in Performance Criticism and Dramaturgy
Crosslisted as: ENGL 4766, ENGL 6766, PMA 4866 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The function of the theatre critic is well understood, but the role of the dramaturg remains mysterious in the American theatre. Yet theatre critics and dramaturgs use many of the same research, analytic, and writing skills, and need the same knowledge of history, literature, and culture, to perform their duties effectively. This practicum, designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, will allow participants to develop the skills central to these complementary professions. The course will include units on writing effective performance reviews, working with student playwrights on new script development, preparing informational materials for directors, designers and actors, writing program essays and other informational materials for audiences, script preparation for production, and selecting/preparing translations for production. While our focus will be on the theatre, students with interest in applying these skills to film/television/media or dance contexts are welcome.
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PMA 6600 : Proseminar in Theatre Studies
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
An introduction to the theory and methods involved in the study of the theatre. Attention focuses on pedagogy and the profession in Part I. Part II explores current scholarly trends.
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