Performing Legality, Representations of Law, and Anxious Courtrooms

TAPS 0080 S01 [CRN: 26003]

This course introduces core issues in the practices and cultural representations of the Anglo-American legal system via the field of Performance Studies. We will explore clusters of literature, theatre and film; read legal proceedings; examine claims to sovereignty (particularly in terms of native land title); trace determinations of personhood and engagements with race and gender; and consider the status of evidence. We will be asking ourselves how “performance,” “theatricality,”, “the law,” and legal findings of “truth” are categories that bleed into each other. Do we make the legal system anxious by admitting that these might not be so very different?
Spring 2014
Credit Hours
Maximum Enrollment
Primary Instructor
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm Mon, Wed - from Jan 22, 2014 to May 16, 2014
Exam Group Code
06 (May 8, 2014 2:00pm)