This course surveys theater and performance produced in apartheid South Africa between 1970 and 1994, an era commonly seen as one of intense cultural struggle and resistance. We will chronologically study the history, development, and aesthetics of South African theater and performance during the apartheid era. And we will examine the key aesthetic features as well as the social, interventionist, and activist nature of the theater of this period. We then analyze how theater, politics, and history interact with regard to race, gender, citizenship, nationality, and culture. We will read prominent playwrights who tackled racial discrimination and segregation, apartheid laws, violence, dehumanization, and human rights violations.
Registration Opens Online: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)
No textbook is required. All readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically.