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PMA 3212 : Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Crosslisted as: ASRC 3612, MUSIC 3612 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Isaac Anim
Catherine Appert
Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble is an introductory performance course where students learn performance traditions from across West Africa. No prior experience is necessary. Students may choose to focus on drumming or dancing.
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Rising from the ashes: redemption through theater at Auburn prison
PMA 9900 : Thesis and Research Projects
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Nick Salvato
Amy Villarejo
Sabine Haenni
J Gainor
Sara Warner
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:
Nick Salvato
David Feldshuh
Jumay Chu
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:
Bruce Levitt
Austin Bunn
Sara Warner
Nick Salvato
Sabine Haenni
J Gainor
Amy Villarejo
Kent Goetz
C. Riley Snorton
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 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 6866 : Practicum in Performance Criticism and Dramaturgy
Crosslisted as: ENGL 4766, ENGL 6766, PMA 4866 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
J Gainor
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:
Sara Warner
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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PMA 6550 : Global Cinema I
Crosslisted as: PMA 3550, VISST 3175 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Veronica Fitzpatrick
Amy Villarejo
Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution of form, style and genre, the medium's changing technologies and business models, as well as film's relation to broader cultural, social and political contexts. Screenings of narrative, documentary and experimental films will be accompanied by readings in film theory and history. Global Cinema I covers the period from 1895 to 1960. Precise topics will vary from year to year, but may include: early silent cinema; the emergence of Hollywood as industry and a "classical" narrative form; Soviet, German, French and Chinese film cultures; the coming of sound; interwar documentary and avant-garde movements; American cinema in the age of the studio system; Italian Neorealism; the post-war avant-garde.
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