Spectatorship - Moving Bodies Perceiving Bodies

1281V [CRN: 25249]

In this course we will examine the action of perceiving live dance and physical theater. Drawing from perceptual philosophy and psychology, ethnographic studies, affect theory, neuroscience, and critical theory, we will challenge the characterization of spectatorship as a passive affair. Instead, we will consider how social "top-down" and social factors (including ethnicity, cultural habitus, and gender identity) and "bottom-up" and physical factors (such as proximity and athletic or dance training) amalgamate to create our unique perceptual experiences. Special attention will be given to differing articulations of the concept of kinesthetic empathy. Readings include: Sedgwick, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Butler, Carlson, and Rancière.
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