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Spanish 61a: Pre-Textos: Arts as Interpretation

In this class, texts become prompts for art-making. By inspiring painting, dance, theater, music, sculpture, photography, etc. texts lead to profound and daring interpretations. Latin American classics that might otherwise seem difficult become raw material for creativity as students stretch their command of Spanish. Students learn that the arts interpret and explore meaning and that theory is a user-friendly afterthought. PRE-Textos: Arts as Interpretation additionally prepares students as facilitators of PRE-Texts workshops in Boston and at partner sites abroad.

Spanish 90p: Pre-Textos: Las artes interpretan
Fall 2013-2014
Professor Doris Sommer and Professor Kahlil Chaar-Pérez

Texts become prompts for art-making. By inspiring painting, dance, theater, music, sculpture, costumes, and games texts lead to deep and daring interpretations. Latin American classics that might otherwise seem difficult become raw material for creativity as students stretch their command of Spanish. They learn that arts interpret and explore meanings and that theory is a user-friendly afterthought. This class prepares students as facilitators of Pre-Texts workshops in Boston and abroad.

 

Professor Andreea Marculescu, trained in Pre-Texts at Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in April 2013, adapts the Pre-Texts methodology for hands-on engagement with literature in her classes. 

 

FRSEMR36i: Reading Theater Politically
Fall 2013-2014
Professor Andreea Marculescu

 

This course intends to explore the relationships between theater and politics. While “entertainment” and “edification” are two functions of theater, we will also investigate how theatrical form can also be a mode of “intervention” that asks us to question empirical realities. Readings include: Sophocles’ Antigone, Moliere’s The Bourgeois Gentleman, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, Eugene Ionesco’s The Rhinoceros, Aime Cesaire’s A Tempest, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, Matei Visniec’s Horses at the Window, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

 

Reading Theater Politically takes direct inspiration from some principles of Pre-Texts. Students will use art (painting, collage, acting, dancing) to explore the civic potential of theater as a political medium that shapes societal considerations about gender, race, nationality. As part of their assignments, students design strategies to think how theater can reach and impact their own community and those in which consumption of theater in any form is less frequent. That is why, using various forms of art, students will design posters, costumes, masks for each play we study in this class.

 

Fr90w: “Bad” Women in French Literature
Fall 2013-2014
Professor Andreea Marculescu

 

This course studies how societal and historical norms can be approached and investigated from perspectives of so-called “bad” femininity. Literary texts may include Jean d’Arras Mélusine, Corneille’s Médée, Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Proust’s Du côté de chez Swann and Ken Bugul’s Le Baobab fou. We will also approach these texts through the lenses of contemporary critical feminist and queer theory using relevant texts by thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray and Sara Ahmed. Conducted in French.

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