Course Description

Course Number

SF-156

Course Name

The Mask Behind the Face: Personas, Personalities, and Perception. Acting in /Out Life

Pre-requisites

Course Credits

4.00

Description

The theatre has always been a metaphor for life. In modern times life has become theatre. This seminar will confront the idea of real life and the eroding boundary between performers and audience. Students will study the roots of the contemporary obsession with stars and stardom, a mania that began in the 18th century and flourished in the 19th century. We will look at performance studies, performers memoirs, plays, and films that dramatize this dilemma.