Queen's University

Canadian Drama [DRAM 306]


DRAM 306/3.0


Canadian Drama, Theatre and Performance


This Winter with Professor Natalie Rewa
Note from instructor: I am developing an approach that will bring students into discussion and the technology will allow us to maintain the whiteboard collaborations.  There will also be opportunities to work in small groups and experiment with different modes of learning. 

Drama 306: Drama, Theatre and Performance from sea to sea to sea on Turtle Island

Response-ability(Donna Haraway)[1]

 Drama, theatre and performance on Turtle Island or the territories defined as Canada are the subject of our study. The period that defines our study, from 1967, has been a dynamic one artistically, structurally and politically for the theatre communities.  The date of 1967 refers to the Centennial Year for the international political entity – Canada.  Since that time our international perspectives have been providing significant sense of a changing cultural landscape. Our study will look at a dramatic and performance practices in an expanded sense comprehending productions reflecting survivanceby First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists and by the renewed calls for social justice, and inclusivity by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.  Our study will seek to investigate how response-abilityengages us locally and from sea to sea to sea in the work of theatre making.  

            Each member of our seminar will have the opportunity to present their inquiries into drama and theatre on these territories in oral and written forms, in smaller assignments throughout the term and in a final substantial project of inquiry. 

LEARNING HOURS    120 (36L;84P)

PREREQUISITE    Level 3 or above


[1]Response-ability is a term proposed by Donna Haraway that draws attention to being present in the world – to “stay with the trouble” and  “learning to be truly present, not as a vanishing pivot between awful or edenic pasts and apocalyptic or salvic futures, but as moral critters entwined in myriad unfinished configurations of places, times, matters and meanings.” (Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble.(Durham, Duke University Press, 2016), 1.

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