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CMST 1150 Exam 2 Review

CMST 1150 Exam 2 Review - Exam 2 Introduction to...

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Exam 2 Introduction to Performance Studies (K. Filbel lecture and Schechner ch. 1) 1. Basic assumptions of Performance Studies (7 assumptions compiled from Schechner). a. Performance Studies examines behavior as an object of study. i. How is one acting? Very revealing ii. Example pick-up lines b. Performance Studies involves doing performance. i. Reveals more than simple “study of” ii. Entering into the role iii. Heuristic – potentially receive additional meanings you cannot get from the outside c. Participant Observation . i. Method used to study performance ii. “Ethnography” – example studying bluegrass people by touring as a beginner iii. Observe by being a participant! d. Frequently involved in social practices and advocacy . i. How do people “practice” their lines? ii. “Ideology” – a system of beliefs 1. Neutral term – positive connotation 2. If ideologically driven, ideas become more important than others, “blinded by the light” – negative connotation e. Performance should be seen as a broad spectrum or continuum of behaviors. i. Continuum – example walking distance, but must analyze how, that done before, etc… ii. Nothing truly original in our behaviors iii. Complex in methodology! f. Performance Studies views culture groups in 2 ways: i. Always interacting – one affecting another 1. Think of ancient trade even when language was different 2. Anthropological point 3. Creates identity within a group 4. Think of family rules to reflect values and upbringing ii. Culture groups have distinct identities 1. X with circle around it – what is and is not 2. Knowing your place in society 3. Perform your identity 4. Can create alienation! 5. Identities created by television shows g. We live in a world of multiple literacies which are performed. i. Examples: 1. Internet (text messaging) – “electronic literacy” 2. Nonverbals – “body literacies” 3. Jargin, categories of music – “aural literacies” 4. Art – “visual literacies” 2. Two histories of Performance Studies (two narrative lines of the discipline: NYU story; NU/Oral Interpretation story, e.g. LSU). a. The NYU Line i. 1 st called Performance Studies in 1980 ii. Emerged from theatre 1. Schechner befriended Victor Turner, an anthropologist 2. Anthropological perspective joins with theatre (performance) 3. “Psychological realism” – western tradition
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4. Gets “staged” in someway – example protests, ballet, street performance b. The Northwestern University Line (LSU) i. Emerged from Oral Interpretation 1. Rhetoric and public address 2. English departments 3. Idea of Oral Interpretation contested 4. “Active engagement” when interpret yourself 5. Investigate process of meaning – how? 6. Should look at non-canonical literature? (“Canon” – an excepted body of knowledge/literature) ii. Emphasis on Literature 1. More than NYU Line 2. Literature, in some ways, reflects culture(s) 3. What is meant by calling Performance Studies interdisciplinary and anti-disciplinary?
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