new name . . .
celebrating the full scope of our program:
of Theatre and Performance Studies
What is Performance Studies?
Performance Studies: Living, Looking, Learning
Studies, the new addition to the name in Kennesaw State Universitys
Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, celebrates the programs
diverse educational and artistic objectives, positions the university
with the best contemporary schools of the arts, and gives students broader
scholastic, personal, and professional choices.
But what is Performance Studies?
Imagine, if you will, a powerful link:
A link between cultural anthropology, sociology, drama, oral interpretation
of literature, literary criticism, folklore, mythology, and psychology;
A link between the creative process of making art and the critical
process of analyzing performances, both those staged performances, such
as plays in which a trained artist applies a skill, and community events,
those ritual-like performances of everyday life;
A link between performing our professional and social
roles, telling a joke or a folktale, and staging community spectacles
such as parades, circuses, sports, weddings, the Olympics, and public
hangings, all of which follow a set order that combines the visual and
the auditory and conveys meaning.
Studies links together:
the trained observation;
at living, the recurring
patterns that define a culture;
and learning, the expanded understanding of the social customs
Providing such a link is a major undertaking, but the change in name
not only describes what the KSU curriculum has featured for several
years but also documents what the Kennesaw State University College
of the Arts stands for.
The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies here at KSU features
performance as an art form, as a field of study, and as a method of
inquiry (or a way of knowing) in Introduction to Performance, Performance
Art, Adapting and Staging Literary Texts, its courses in storytelling
(including Storytelling I: Folktale and Legend; Storytelling II: Myth
and Epic; Storytelling III: Personal Narrative), Theatre and Performance
History sequence, and our Senior Seminar in Theatre and Performance
Studies. Our theatre seasons extend what is learned in our classrooms
with public performances of literary works adapted for the stage, performance
art cabarets, storytelling festivals, and spoken word poetry nights.
Look and learn with us, wont you?
links to our department and university are 770-499-3123 and www.kennesaw.edu.
And think about it:a telephone call is a kind of performancea
repeatable interaction with expected and required language, the handling
of an object, a beginning-middle-and-end structure, an objective, and
an emotional or intellectual effect on another.
following bibliography links you with additional information about performance
Carlson, Marvin. Performance: A Critical Introduction. London:
Counsell, Colin and Laurie Wolf. Performance Analysis: An Introductory
Coursebook. London: Routledge, 2001
Dailey, Sheron J. The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and
Revisions. Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, 1998.
Edwards, Paul. "Unstoried: Teaching Literature in the Age of Performance
Studies." Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies 52 (Fall 1999): 1 147.
Kennedy, Dennis, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance.
Oxford UP, 2003.
Pelias, Ronald J. and James VanOosting. "A Paradigm for Performance
Studies" Quarterly Journal of Speech 73 (1987): 219-231.
Pollack, Della. ed. Exceptional Spaces: Essays in Performance and
History. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1998.
Schechner, Richard. Performance Studies: An Introduction. New
York: Routledge, 2002.
Stern, Carol Simpson and Bruce Henderson. Performance: Texts and
Contexts. New York: Longman, 1993.
Stucky, Nathan and Cynthia Wimmer. Teaching Performance Studies.
Southern Illinois UP, 2002.
Thomspon, David W., ed. Performance of Literature in Historical Perspectives.
Lanham: UP of America, 1983.
Additionally, recommended journals devoted to performance scholarship:
New Theatre Quarterly
Performing Arts Journal
Text and Performance Quarterly (Formerly Literature in
TDR: A Journal of Performance Studies
Women and Performance
You may also wish to visit these websites:
Association of Theatre in Higher Education Performance Studies
National Communication Association Performance Studies Division
Performance Studies International http://www.psi-web.org
Brief Guide to Internet Sources in Theatre and Performance Studies