Performance, Literature and the Archive
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An examination of the uses of performance theory for reading 19th, 20th, and 21st- century American literature. This course uses performance theory, which grapples with questions of embodiment, eventfulness, gesture, identity, presence, repetition, reproduction, script, and timing, to ask what kind of relations these texts enact or make possible within an American tradition, and how they register but also transform the histories that haunt them.