This course offers an intensive survey of how Latina/o/x performers, characters, cultures, narratives and musical styles have always been a constitutive feature of the “American musical” — as performance genre, practice and tradition — on both stage and screen. The course’s study of notable Latinx musicals (in terms of form, content and context) will examine the history of U.S. popular performance alongside Latina/o/x cultural histories.
Most weeks, all members of the course will convene synchronously during the Monday class session for interactive lecture and discussion, with Wednesday precepts dedicated to a mix of synchronous discussions, asynchronous exercises and other activities. All precepts will be scheduled concurrently on Wednesday to permit collaboration among all course contributors on particular course tasks.
Prerequisites and Restrictions
All students are welcome and there are no prerequisites for this course.