Special Topics in Performance Studies


This course explores black performance cultures from modernism through the present. Our investigations will be organized around three major cultural movements: New Negro/Harlem Renaissance; the Black Arts Movement; and contemporary "post-blackness." We will study black drama, performance art, visual art, and film. Major playwrights, performance artists, and filmmakers might include Georgia Douglass Johnson, Marita Bonner, Zora Neale Hurson, Adrienne Kennedy, Alice Childress, Ntozake Shange, Amiri Baraka, Aleshea Harris, Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins, David Hammons, Kathleen Collins, Barry Jenkins, Nia DaCosta, Jackie Sibblies Drury, and Antoinette Nwandu. We will also read theories of fugitivity, temporality and identity formation, and phenomenologies of black experience, among other foundational and prevailing concerns in Black (Performance) Studies and African American dramatic criticism.

Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit.
Ollie McCarthy
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring