English

ENGL (THTR) 060: Dramatic Action
4 credits 
How plays are put together; how they work and what they accomplish. Examination of how plot, character, aural and visual elements of production combine to form a unified work across genre, styles and periods. Recommended as a foundation for further studies in design, literature, or performance. English majors cannot use this course for WI
Attribute/Distribution: HU
 
ENGL 091: It's a Drag: Gender and Performance in Literature and Pop Culture  
4 credits 
As performer and reality-television star RuPaul once said, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.” But what exactly does this mean and do we agree? How do clothing, embodiment, affect, and performance give gender meaning? How does gendered performance intersect with race and social class? This class looks to a long literary history to explore these questions. We will place shows and films including Drag Race, Work in Progress and Paris is Burning alongside gender-bending plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, medieval and early modern trans and nonbinary life-stories, and explorations of gender by a wide range of authors including Miguel de Cervantes, Virginia Woolf, and Octavia Butler. We will focus not only on drag’s potential to undo or complicate gender binaries, but also on how it has been used, perhaps paradoxically, to reinforce rigid models of gender.
Attribute/Distribution: HU