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Performing Legality, Representations of Law, and Anxious Courtrooms

0080 [CRN: 26003]

This course introduces core issues in the practices and cultural representations of the Anglo-American legal system via the field of Performance Studies. We will explore clusters of literature, theatre and film; read legal proceedings; examine claims to sovereignty (particularly in terms of native land title); trace determinations of personhood and engagements with race and gender; and consider the status of evidence. We will be asking ourselves how “performance,” “theatricality,”, “the law,” and legal findings of “truth” are categories that bleed into each other. Do we make the legal system anxious by admitting that these might not be so very different?
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