Borders, Boundaries, and Crossings
Instructors: Brenda Foley and Carmelita Tropicana
T, TH 11:30-12:50
Green Room and Whittemore
Which presentation of myself
Would make you want to touch
What would make you cross the border
Savage/Love, Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin
This class will be an exploration of the ways in which we construct and perform narratives of identity. Employing perspectives from performance, gender, and global studies we will combine theory and practice through a series of workshop projects, including classes led by renowned Cuban-American performance artist/writer Carmelita Tropicana who will be in residency at Marlboro this spring. The class will culminate in a workshop showing of student written performance pieces. Prerequisite: intermediate performance class and permission of instructor.
The semester is divided into (approximately) four three-week study/exploratory thematic sections: history, place, identity, and hybridity. Each section will include combinations of readings, writing (creative and scholarly), and performance projects.
This is a discussion-based class therefore attendance and reading of the material is essential for individual accomplishment as well as the success of the class as a whole. Readings and class discussions 30%, writing and project assignments 30%, final project and performance w/ six page paper 40%
There are three excused absences, after which your grade will drop a half grade per absence. Late assignments will be marked down one full grade for each day past the due date. I do not accept assignments by email. Please do not use your laptop, cell phone, or google glasses in class and consult the college policy in the handbook with regard to plagiarism.
The syllabus is subject to change.