CPLT 021. Performance in Early Modern Europe
(Cross-listed as DANC 021 )
How do we define performance in early modern Europe? This course explores multi-genre traditions through forms including court ballet, comedy-ballet, opera, bourgeois drama, and ballet d’action in order to raise questions that are equally relevant for us today: How do we study something that is fleeting? What is the relationship between “text” and performance? This course explores the hybrid genres of dance, mime, music, and drama from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in order to analyze their present relevance as “art.” Artists and theorists studied will include Diderot, Noverre, Molière, Garrick, Goldoni, Sulzer, and others.
Taught in English. There is a .5 credit attachment for students reading in French.
A version of this course has been offered in the past as a First-Year Seminar, Dance 002, but this new version is open to any student, without any prerequisite. If you have taken Dance 002, you are not able to enroll in CPLT 021.
Fall 2020. Sabee.
Catalog chapter: Comparative Literature
Department website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/comparative-literature
Check the Fall 2020 Schedule of Courses
Check the Spring 2021 Schedule of Courses