Dance 540 - History and Literature of Dance

History & Literature of Dance

Olive Demar

M 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Smith College
Theatre 207A
This course seeks to expand the students’ knowledge of the literature in dance history and theory. It prompts discussions of historiography, writing, research methods, and cultural theory in dance studies. The readings trace the development of critical dance studies since the 1990s by surveying the field’s foundational texts as well as recent scholarship. These texts illuminate a variety of dance genres, time periods, and artists, while theorizing the body, movement, choreography, and performance from cultural, social, and ideological perspectives. Additionally, this course cultivates skills in dance research and writing. Students work on individual research projects throughout the semester.
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.