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Theater and Performance in Apartheid South Africa

Fall 2019
In Session
1 PM - 3 PM
September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18, December 2, and 9, 2019


Main Campus



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)

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No textbook is required. All readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically. 

Meet Your Professor

Associate Professor, Africana Studies Program Director
Africana Studies Program

PRAISE ZENENGA is Associate Professor and Director of the Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona. His teaching and research focus on the intersection of theater and performance with politics, history, culture, aesthetics, and identities in Africa and its diaspora. His recent publications are on African popular sport, performance, and visual arts aesthetics and how they intersect with politics, race, class, masculinities, activism, censorship, power, human rights, and food justice.

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