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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 087 Distant Mirrors, Performing Selves

Traditional performance has defined the individual self as a mirror of the community that creates and participates in a theater event. Has the theatricalization of everyday life through television, advertising, and the Internet changed this? Or is the mirror just more high-tech? Students seek answers to these questions by examining the origins of theater in late medieval Europe and test assumptions by creating an actual communal performance in which all seminar participants take part.