Topics in Performance Studies: Comedy Across Media

The surface of a red-brick building shows an illustration of a man with a small moustache, tight suit coat, and baggy pants, holding a paint can and roller. He stands next to the words "life is wonderful" painted in hot pink paint.

A street art illustration of Charlie Chaplin, a master of pantomime and physical comedy. (Image courtesy of paulsimpson1976 on flickr. License CC BY.)


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Spring 2018



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This multidisciplinary lecture / workshop engages students in a variety of approaches to the study and practice of performance as an area of aesthetic and social interaction. Special attention is paid to the use of diverse media in performance. Interdisciplinary approaches to study encourage students to seek out material histories of performance and practice.

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James Stanley. 21M.846 Topics in Performance Studies: Comedy Across Media. Spring 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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