CMST 1150 TEST 2

CMST 1150 TEST 2 - ANINTRODUCTIONTOPERFORMANCESTUDIES 1.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMANCE STUDIES 1. Introduction to performance discipline a. Richard Schechner’s focus The field is wide open Human values are from social agreement b. Identity, an important element c. P.S. is vast in scope 2. What is performance studies ? a. Some basic assumptions: a.i. P.S. Examines behavior  as an object of study a.ii. P.S. involves doing  performance a.iii. Participant observation     a.iv. Freq involved in social practices and advocacy   (Ideology – a system of  beliefs ) a.v. Performance should be seen as a broad spectrum  or continuum  of  behaviors a.vi. P.S. views culture groups in 2 ways: a. Cultural groups are always interacting b. They always have an identity    vii. We live in a world of multiple literacies , which are performed “Body literacies” “Aural literacy” “Visual literacy” “Electronic literacy” b. 3 Types of P.S. Coursework at LSU b.i.1. Analysis and performance of literary texts. b.i.2. How people perform in everyday life b.i.3. Study and practice of avant-garde  and performance art 3. The Histories of Performance Studies a. The NYU Line a.i.1. 1 st  called P.S. in 1980 a.i.2. Emerged from theatre (Schechner befriended Victor Turner, an  anthropologist) Psychological Realism  (Trying to create a sense of real, but in your head) b. The Northwestern Univ. Line b.i.1. Emerged from oral interpretation of literature b.i.2. Emphasis on literature c. 4 Criteria for Examining Performance
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c.i.1. Text c.i.2. Event c.i.3. Performer(s) c.i.4. Audience d. P.S. is interdisciplinary e. P.S. is anti-disciplinary
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THEORIES ABOUT SYMBOLIC ACTIVITY I. Symbolic Interactionism A. Geo. Herbert Mead – Mind, Self, and Society  (1934) B. Mind 1. Born w/o mind or self (tabula rasa) 2. Mind is defined as the ability to use symbols having common social  meanings 3. Meanings of words are situated in partic. Contexts
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CMST 1150 TEST 2 - ANINTRODUCTIONTOPERFORMANCESTUDIES 1.

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