Mondays-Wednesdays 2-4: 00 pm, Amherst College



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Class Requirements:

1. Attendance is mandatory, as is punctuality.

2. Assigned Readings/Viewings: all readings (aside from core texts) online course website.

3. Three Oral Presentations (Judson Experiments; Feministas; Final Text & (Con)Text)

4. Three Short essays: Counterculture; Feminist Write; Reflection on D-Man in the Waters.

5. Lecture Series: Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Program, UMass Amherst:

Critical Sexualities Fall 2010

Panel: Framing Sexuality Studies Lecture series

Thursday, September 30, 4-6 pm, Herter 601, UMass Amherst

Lecture: From Antagonism to Agonism: Shifting Paradigms of Women's Opposition to the State, Thursday, October 7, 5 pm, Five College Women's Research Center 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley



6. Final TEXT & (CON)TEXT [Presentation and Paper]: description, analysis, and

contextualization of a dance work in the 60s-90s continuum; with a focus on how the work provoked new ideas about dance, the dancer’s body, corporeal aesthetics; challenged representations of race and gender; presented multifarious political agenda; and embodied form of protest expression as an “activist” work that challenged and negotiated the social positions and contradictory identities of everyday life.


The Final Paper will be completed in three stages:
November 3: a one-page paper proposal that identifies the dance artist and dance work, a statement of why the work is deserving of analysis within the parameters of the course, and list of bibliographic and videographic sources; November 15: a 4-5 page close reading of the dance work in which you will identify and assess the formal components, cultural icons, and style of the work; November 29: a 6-8 page explication and contextualization of the work within the sixties-nineties continuum. You will present a synopsis of your paper, with visual sources during the last week of the semester. The Final Paper is due December 15
Dance is the embodiment of culture

Dance embodies culture

Dance is culture’s body

It reflects culture by conveying,

through non-verbal symbolism and gesture,

through dynamics and stillness,

our ideas about physical beauty, pleasure, health, work and sexuality,

and the body’s role in perception, mental, and spiritual life.”

On the other hand, dance produces culture,

articulating and comprehending experience in somatic terms.

(Sally Banes), Judson Dance Theatre




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