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Syllabus: Identity thru Performance
CE Summer 2010—July 6th for 4 weeks. Cross-listed: SOC 96 D2:Identity Thru Performance, CRN 61103 WGST 96 D2:Identity Thru Performance, CRN 61110 THE 96 D2:Identity Thru Performance, CRN 61102

Instructor: Janice Perry Contact me at: jlperry@uvm.edu (don't use course email) 3 credits, fully online. Course dates July 6- July 30 (Course Schedule available in June for assignment details) " Office" Hours: Once the course officially begins, I'll be checking in by the middle of the day, and a final check in around 5 pm. I'll check in more frequently at the beginning of the course, to help you with any problems you may be having with getting started. Click Help ? at the top of each page for technical problems with the course (wikis, uploading, etc). They give excellent assistance. I'll respond to your messages and emails within 24 hours on weekdays. Messages and emails sent on weekends will be replied to on Monday.

Learning Objectives for the Course
This course is an introduction to Identity Performance. Reading, thinking about identity performance, and creating original work should result in a new awareness of how and when your identity is being created-by and for you. We'll look at and respond to performances that present personal experience of sexuality, gender, race, body, class and other aspects of identity. Much of this work has been influential in changing the way social, cultural and racial groups in the USA and other countries are perceived. We'll be thinking about how we create and perform our own identity. We will use creative writing and digital media to transform personal experience into more universal work that speaks to others-with a goal of influencing how our individual and collective identities are read.

Course Overview
This course is an invitation to consider ways in which identity is interpreted. What does "Identity" mean? Who and what defines your identity for you? How is your gender, your sexuality, your race, your social, cultural, national "Self" defined? How do you define your own identity? How do you "script" your self? We'll look at works that have influenced perceptions of social, cultural, sexual, gender, physical and race identity. We'll produce original, text-based work (creative writing) on identity performance to explore ways that individuals can direct and transform the way identity is read by Self and others. Use of digital media

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(still, video, audio) is an integral part of this course. You will be asked to upload these materials on a blackboard wiki page. It is pretty easy, once you get the hang of it, and the instructions and tech help are very clear. You can also scan, use your cell phone, still camera or video camera, nab images and links from the web, etc) What You Need to Take This Course 1. A computer and a connection to the Internet. I highly recommend a high-speed connection because of the media files. If you don't have one, the UVM library does, and so does your local library. 2. We recommend that you use Firefox as your browser. This applies to both Windows and Mac users. 3. If you are using your own computer, you might want to visit UVM's software page to download the latest Norton Antivirus. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available at the UVM software page, as well. Additionally, to view some of the media, you'll need the latest Flash player which can be downloaded for free, here. 4. You'll need to be able to resize your photos to upload to your course wiki. If you don't have software, or if yours is not easy to use, here's a link to free photo software that is very simple and easy to use: http://www.picnik.com/ If you're not familiar with photo software, download this software BEFORE THE COURSE STARTS and experiment with resizing your own photos, or photos that you scavenge from the web. It's easy once you do it a couple of times!

Required Texts
Readings are interdisciplinary and include performance texts, performance theory and cultural criticism. We'll use two books in this course. Be sure you have them BEFORE the course starts: • Tara Rebele. And I'm Not Jenny: Performance Writing. NY: Slope, 2005, 88 pp., paperback, ISBN #0-9718219-5-X • Bonney, Jo (ed) Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the 20th Century Publisher: Theatre Communications Group ISBN: 1559361557 • These are available in the UVM Bookstore (802) 656-3290 or toll free (800) 331-7305 E-mail: UVM.Bookstore@uvm.edu • ASK AT THE BOOKSTORE DESK if you don’t find them—this is a cross-listed course so may be shelved under Theatre, SOC, or WGST • or ORDER AHEAD OF TIME at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or wherever you usually order books. THESE BOOKS WILL NOT BE IN STOCK AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE or your local library. There are additional readings on electronic course reserves at the UVM library in Adobe Acrobat format. Some short audio and video files are included on this course website. Check the links on the assignments pages to be sure you are able to see and download the electronic readings. You will also read and respond to each other's new work.

Course Work
You need to post to the course every week day throughout the course. There will be one or two catch-up days built into the course. Most “A” students need 3 hours a day to read, post work, and respond to other’s work. It is best to check in to the course at least 2x a day—morning and evening works well, but you can set your own hours for posting. Be sure to leave yourself enough time to send your work. "I couldn't upload/download" is not an acceptable reason for work not being in on time. If you have problems with your home internet connection,

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go to a local internet café or library. See the link "HOW TO GET AN A in this course" on the Resources page.

Other Reading
READ THIS NOW! The "5 minute workshop in Critical Reading" PDF is linked at the top of this page. Print and read these guidelines. Some of the information on this page doesn't apply to how we are reading and writing, but this site gives a very good idea of the way you are expected to formulate your responses. Refer to this page before posting to Discussion. TAKE NOTES WHILE YOU ARE READING. You should always refer to specific passages from the readings when you are posting to "Discussion" and in your response papers (see below).

Creative Work
You are expected to create original text-based work in any genre (monologue, dialogue, ensemble texts, short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction, video, audio, etc.) unless a particular genre or form is specified. Multi-Media: You are strongly encouraged to create original digital media (still, video, audio) to support your work. Students wishing to use digital media will need access to and ability to operate a digital still or video camera, and/or a scanner (for print images/photos/visual art). All video/audio pieces should not exceed 2 minutes in length.

You'll be asked to post to one or two separate places on most days: • Course Discussion Read and respond to assigned readings-- you will do this by posting to the Discussion board. Each day's discussion begins with some questions for you to consider-- You will post your own thoughts on the readings/performances and you will also respond to each other's postings. These questions are essay type questions-- very short essays. There is no right or wrong answer. I am looking for your response to the readings, I want to know what you think. If you want to talk about a different topic having to do with the course, how to use the technology, etc, just start a new discussion thread. All posted discussion should be about the course (if you want personal discussion, you need to do that outside of the course website). • Course wiki Create new work and post on the course wiki. You will also respond to each other's new work on the wiki. Don't worry, it will make sense once we start working.

Response papers
Response papers are opportunities to summarize and comment on the work you've done in the course. Make specific references to your reading, your Discussion postings, your new work, and the work of the other participants. Use the critical reading guidelines as a model for the paper. This is a good place for you to tell me how the course is working for you. 2 short (1 1/2 - 3 pages) response papers will be required. Due dates are in "Assignments." Other participants will not see your response papers unless I ask for your permission to distribute them. The papers should be sent to me as email attachments by emailing me at my UVM address (jlperry@uvm.edu). Please identify each assignment within the subject line of the email

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(eg: your_name response 1) and make sure to put your name on and number each page.

You are expected to post to the course every week day. Check in early, and again at the end of the day, allowing yourself enough time to give thoughtful responses to the discussion questions and to other people's postings. Refer to the guidelines for critical reading to frame your responses. Announcements will be made on the course homepage. Assignments can (and do) change. You need to check the homepage first, every day of the course.

Grading Policy
Grades will be determined by quality and completion of new work assignments, participation in discussion, response papers, timeliness in posting and overall level of engagement with/participation in the course. New Work/ WIKI: 25% Discussion: 25% Response papers: 25% Overall Engagement/participation: 25% All Discussion, new work assignments and response papers must be completed on time. You will lose grade points for work that is late.  

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