Universität Wien FIND

124267 AR Cultural/Media Studies 1/2 (AR) (2019W)

Popular Culture as Performance

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 14.10. 17:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 11.11. 17:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 25.11. 17:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 09.12. 17:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 13.01. 17:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 27.01. 17:00 - 20:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This class engages in the critical analysis of performance cultures as popular cultures in the United States, from the 18th century to the present day. We will begin by asking ourselves what it is that makes cultural practices popular, and we will discuss the challenges of studying and archiving performances, as they represent embodied practices of dis/appearance. Taking cues from scholarship on the aesthetic, cultural, social, anthropological, economic, and technological dimensions of performance and popular culture, we will discuss parameters such as the body, co-presence, physical movement, skill, affect, spectatorship, liveness, site-specificity, repeatability, textuality, and the archive. We will ask how close attention to these parameters can facilitate an understanding of the cultural work of popular performance practices, and well as of their political implications.

By way of example, we will look at a select number of popular U.S. American performance practices, past and present, and ask how these practices are entangled in political struggles concerning race, gender, sexuality, class, or the nation; how these practices negotiate the particular histories and localities of their enactment; what kinds of publics these practices invoke; and finally, how these practices circulate and how they have been archived—if at all.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance (max. 2 absences), active participation in class, presentation, portfolio writing assignments

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active class participation (20%)
Class presentation (20%)
Portfolio (60%)

You need to complete all requirements to complete the course. The overall grading scheme is (1): 100-91%, (2): 90-81%, (3): 80-71%, (4): 70-61%, (5): 60-0%

Examination topics

n/a

Reading list

Be prepared to spend a couple of Euros on getting (access to) books and/or films/TV series. The specific reading/viewing material will be announced in the first session.

Additional readings will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 844; UF MA 046/507
Code/Modul: MA6, MA7; UF MA 4A
Lehrinhalt: 12-4262

Last modified: Fr 11.10.2019 12:07