Spring 2020

Her Story Is: Feminist Approaches to Theater and Performance

Listed in: English, as ENGL-325  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-275  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-275


Ron Bashford (Section 01)
Ana Candida Carneiro (Section 01)


Western text-based theatre has historically hushed the voices of women and those from marginalized communities. This course will focus on examples of such voices, paying special attention to artists, writers, and thinkers who challenge and deconstruct aesthetics that privilege the male gaze. In dialogue with feminist theories of gender and identity, we will read plays and study works by women and gender non-conforming artists, such as Hildegard von Bingen, Juana Ines de la Cruz, Susan Glaspell, Adrienne Kennedy, Marina Abramovich, and Taylor Mac. Finally, we will also inquire into new forms of gender-inspired “artivism,” such as The Kilroy’s, the Guerilla girls, Pussy Riot, and the #MeToo movement in theatres around the world. During this course, students are expected to pursue an individual writing or performance project that will further explore the concepts discussed. For this purpose, we will study the Theater of the Oppressed methodology as applied by contemporary Latinx feminist theater-makers.

Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Visiting Artist Carneiro. 

If Overenrolled: Priority given to THDA and SWAG majors


Artistic Practice, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Writing, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020