Black Theater and Performance in America

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C. Odle

Course Long Title

Black Theater and Performance in America

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In this course students explore a neglected corner of American theater history. Through scholarly texts, plays, and multimedia, students learn about the important contributions African Americans have made in the field of theater and analyze the development of Black performance onstage. They also examine the social and political issues that affected the development of the plays, the theater companies, and the performers involved, and they consider how this work developed under the shadow of white supremacy. Students are expected to develop critical arguments on the various topics covered in the course and develop their own theatrical aesthetic. Prerequisite(s): one course in Africana, English, or theater.

Writing Credit


INDS Program Relationship

IDAF - AFR Program

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Class Restriction

Exclude First Years