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    Otterbein University
  Jan 21, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

WGSS 3010 - Bodies That Move

Hours: 4
This course is driven by a series of open and provocative questions: How is the body engrossed by the language of movement? What is a gendered gesture? In what ways is performance shaped by these gestures? At the same time, how might performance work to complicate or challenge the very idea of gender? How do we understand and enact the relationship between gender and sexuality in performance? And how might sexual identity and expression affect on and off stage kinetic-behavior? Using performance based studies, this class will examine the gendered and sexed body in all its performative dimensions. We will investigate the constructed and physical portrayal of character in both mainstream and marginal productions. We will also think about the way that everyday expressions of gender encourage all bodies to become perfomative. Drawing from various artistic media, students will be urged to see somatics–or body study–in a new and revealing light, understanding the important role that gender and sexuality can play in creating both bodily awareness and alienation. This course is for performers, theatrical enthusiasts, and any student who wants to think more deeply about the gendered and sexed body.
Notes: This course fulfills the dyad requirement when paired with one course from among ARTH 3300, COMM 4100, FMST 3281, INST 3501, INST 3504, INST 4011, WGSS 4026.