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SMITH COLLEGE COURSES
SPRING 1997

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WOMEN’S STUDIES
15 Wright Hall
585-3356
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WST 150b
Introduction to Women's Studies
Martha Ackelsberg
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:00-12:10 pm

An Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's studies through a critical 
examination of feminist histories, issues and practices.  Focus on the U.S. with some 
attention to the global context.  Primarily for first and second year students.

WST 333b
Feminist Theology
Judith Plaskow
Thursday  1:00-2:50 pm 

An examination of key issues and themes in feminist theology through a close reading of 
central texts in the field.  Beginning with Beyond God the Father, Mary Daly's early 
critique of patriarchal religion, we will explore the ways in which feminists are 
transforming traditional religion and creating new modes of spiritual expression that are 
more woman-centered.  Enrollment limited.  Permission of instructor required.

WST 350b
Gender, Culture and Representation
Ayesha Shariff
Monday, Wednesday  2:40-4:00 pm

Repetition of WST 350a. This senior integrating seminar for the women’s studies major 
examines how gender is structured and reprsented in a variety of arenas including art, 
politics, law, and popular cutlure.  Through the critical reading of key contemporary works 
of feminist theory and intensive investigation of multidisciplinary case studies, we will 
study the variety and ambiguities of political and symbolic representation -- how can one 
women’s experience “stand for” another’s?  Prerequisite  250.  Enrollment limited to senior 
majors. Permission of instructor.

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AFRO-AMERICAN STUDIES
130 Wright Hall
585-3667
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AAS 212b
Culture And Class in the Afro-American Family
Ann Ferguson
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:00-12:10 pm

Study of conceptual models in family studies, with particular attention to the Afro-
American family from a social systems perspective. Extensive consideration given to the 
influence of historical, cultural, structural, and class variables  in contemporary Afro-
American families, using current research, family cases, and implications of public policy.

AAS 237b (component)
Major Black Writers: Fiction
Cynthia Smith
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 am

Survey of Afro-American fiction with concentration on the novel.  This is a course in which 
we read four works by black male writers and five works by black female writers. We will 
ask -- among other questions -- what role gender plays in shaping themes, structures, and 
other literary devices within the selected works. Authors include Richard Wright, Ralph 
Ellison, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Gayl Jones, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Sherley Anne 
Williams, and Octavia Butler.

AAS 245b (component)
The Harlem Renaissance 1912-1940
Cynthia Smith
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:50 pm

An interdisciplinary study of the Harlem Renaissance period.  Literary texts from this 
period mirror a variety of cultural, social, and political concerns.  Topics to be explored 
include Africa consciousness, class and color  consciousness, the social role of art, and 
the politics of protest.  Prerequisite: AAS 113 or permission of the instructor.

AAS 350b (component)
Seminar: Race and Representation:   African-Americans in Film
Ann Ferguson
Thursday  3:00-4:50 pm   Screenings W 7-10 pm

This course will examine the representation of African-Americans in U.S. cinema from two 
perspectives.  The first views the images of African-Americans in Hollywood film and the 
social historical context in which these representations are produced.  The continuity of 
images as well as their transformation will be a central theme of investigation.  The 
second perspective explores the development of a Black film aesthetic through the works of 
directors Oscar Micheaux, Julie Dash, Spike Lee, Matty Rich and Isaac Julien.  We will 
attend to their representations of blackness, and the broader social and political 
community in which they are located.  Prerequisite: 111, 113, 117 or the equivalent. 


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ANTHROPOLOGY
15 Wright Hall
585-3500
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ANT 243b
Colloquium in Political Ecology:  Gender, Knowledge, Culture
Frederique Apffel-Marglin
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:30 pm

The study of ecology in the natural sciences focuses on nature as an ecological system. The 
current escalating ecological crisis has been brought about and is being perpetuated by 
social, cultural and knowledge practices which require study by social scientists if we are 
going to be able to address the current situation. This course is an introduction to the 
study of those factors implicated in the creation and perpetuation of the current 
ecological crisis. The course is structured around three categories: gender, knowledge, and 
culture. These have been chosen as promising entry points into the study of those practices 
inimical or favorable to ecological health. The course will begin by taking stock of the 
situation ecologically and will end with a suggestion of what an ecological way of life 
might look like. This course will be offered alternately with ANT 244. Prerequisites: ANT 
130a or b, or permission of the instructor.

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ART HISTORY DEPARTMENT
112 Hillyer Hall
585-3100
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ARH 293b (component)
Art Historical Studies
Carol Solomon Kiefer
Monday, Wednesday  11:00-12:10 pm  -- Plus some museum visits

Topic for 1996-97: The Print, the Pear, and the Prostitute: Graphic Art, Politics, and 
society in 19th-Century Europe.  In this course we will study prints and printmaking with 
emphasis on France and the use of the print as a vehicle for political and social 
commentary.  Selected topics and students assignments will focus on prints from the 
collection of the Smith College Museum of Art.  Artists to be discussed include:  Gillray 
and the British Caricaturists, Goya, Daumier, Degas, Cassatt, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

ARH 342b (component)
Studies In 17th-Century Art
Craig Felton
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 pm

Topic for 1996-97: Mythological Women.  Women as both aggressors and victims of love in 
Classical mythology and Ancient history, especially in narrative subjects derived from 
Ovid's Metamorphoses and Virgil's Aeneid, will be studied through the works of major 17th-
Century artists, primarily by comparing the interpretations in the paintings of Nicolas 
Poussin and Peter Paul Rubens as well as in works by their contemporaries, including the 
Sculpture of Gianlorenzo Bernini.  Permission of instructor required.


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COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
101 Wright Hall
585-3883
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CLT 235b 
Fairy Tales & Gender
Elizabeth Harries
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:50 pm

A study of literary fairy tales in Europe from the 1690's to the 1990's, with emphasis on 
the ways women have written, rewritten, and transformed them.  Some attention to oral 
storytelling and to related stories in other cultures. Writers will include Aulnoy, 
Perrault, le Prince de Beaumont, the Grimms, Anderson, Christina Rossetti, Angela Carter, 
Anne Sexton, Olga Broumas.  Prerequisite: at least one college level course in literature.

CLT 268b
Latina and Latin American Women Writers
Nancy Saporta Sternbach
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:00-12:10 pm

This course examines the last twenty years of Latina writing in this country while tracing 
the Latin American roots of many of the writers.  Constructions of ethnic identity, gender, 
Latinidad, "race," class, sexuality, and political consciousness are analyzed in light of 
the writers' coming to feminism.  Texts by Esmeralda Santiago, Gloria Anzaldua, Sandra 
Cisneros, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Denise Chavez, Sheila Ortiz Taylor, and many others are 
Included in readings that range from poetry and fiction to essay and theatre.  Knowledge of 
Spanish is not required, but will be useful.  First-year students must seek permission of 
the instructor.

CLT 272b
Women Writing: Twentieth-Century Fiction
Leyla Ezdinli
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 am

A cross-cultural, multi-racial study of twentieth-century fiction by women, focusing on 
English and French-speaking cultures. We will consider how writers challenge literary and 
social conventions, define their communities, make aesthetic and political choices, and 
inscribe sexuality. We will focus on themes such as mothers and daughters, desire, love, 
language and female subjectivity. We will pay special attention to changing meanings of  
"woman" and "women" as gender is inflected by culture, race, ethnicity, class, and 
sexuality. All readings available in English. Writers will include Chopin, Woolf, Colette, 
Tan, Kincaid, Schwarz-Bart, Morrison, Blais, Rule, Duras, and Wittig. 


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EAST ASIAN STUDIES
111 Hillyer
585-3138
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EAL 100b
The Literary Traditions of East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea
Sophie Volpp
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  2:40-4:00 pm

An introduction to the literatures of East Asia from pre-modern times to the modern period.  
We will examine mutual influences among these literatures, but also contest the notion of a 
Monolithic East Asian culture.  Special attention will be paid to issues of gender and 
sexuality:  we will discuss such issues as the canonization of women writers, distinctions 
between pre-modern and modern conceptions of sexuality and the representation of the 
"traditional woman" in modern literature.  Texts will include Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of
Genji, Ihara Saikaku's The Great Mirror of Male Love, Cao Xueqin's Dream of the Red Chamber 
and Kim Man-jung's A Nine Cloud Dream.  All readings in English translation.   No previous 
coursework required.
 
EAL 232b (component)
Modern Chinese Literature	
Christopher Lupke
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  2:40-4:00 pm

Twentieth century China has undergone profound social, cultural and political changes that 
have challenged centuries of Confucian tradition and institutions.  In this course we will 
explore issues such as the critique of this tradition, the influence of Western values, the 
construction of gender, and the relationship between the educated elite and the peasantry.   
Readings include sections from the late Qing Dynasty to the present, covering works of the 
May Fourth Era, the Maoist period, writings from Taiwan, and contemporary literature of the 
PRC.

EAL 360b (component)
Seminar: Topics in East Asian Literatures
Thomas Rohlich
Thursday  3:00-4:50 pm

Topic for 1996-97: The Tale of Genji and Its Legacy.  The seminar will begin with a reading 
and study of The Tale of Genji, one of the greatest works of Japanese literature.  We will 
look  at the cultural and societal milieu of the author, as well as the textual features 
that mark it as an icon of Japanese culture today.  In the second part of the course we 
will look at ways in which the Genji is (re)presented in later texts--Noh plays, Edo 
parodies, and modern short stories and novels--as a way of examining both the question of 
influence and
The role that the Genji plays in the literature of later generations.


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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
101 Wright Hall
585-3302
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ENG 120b
Colloquium In Literature Fiction: American Women Writers
Ann Boutelle
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 am    

In this section of the fiction colloquium, we will be reading some distinguished and 
intricate works of fiction by American women writers of the last one hundred years such as: 
Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tillie 
Olsen's Tell Me a Riddle, Louise Erdrich's Tracks, Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club, and Toni 
Morrison's Jazz. Classes are conducted in a discussion format.  Enrollment limited. 
Priority given to first-year students.

ENG 286b
Reading and Writing Autobiography
Ann Boutelle
Thursday  1:00-2:50 pm

In this workshop, we will explore, through reading and through writing, the presentation of 
self in autobiography.  A major focus will be on the interweaving of voice, structure, 
style, and content.  As we read the work of ourselves and of others, we will be searching 
for strategies, devices, rhythms, patterns, and approaches that we might adapt in future 
writings.   The reading list will consist of writings by twentieth-century women.  
Admission is by permission of the instructor.  During the registration period, students 
should leave a sample of their writings at the English Department office, Wright 101. 

ENG 300b (component)
Seminar: A Major British or American Writer
Robert Hosmer
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 pm

Topic for Spring 1997: Viginia Woolf.  Reading and discussion of her major novels and 
selections from her essays, diary, letters, and autobiographical writings, with some 
attention to the work of her family and friends and to her cultural context.


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FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
B/10 Nelson
585-3350
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FRN 340b
Eighteenth Century Literature
Janie Vanpee
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 am

Topic for 1997: Family Values in the Enlightenment.  The debate over woman's changing 
legal, civil, social, sexual, and cultural status and her role in the family as represented 
in the fiction and philosophical texts of the Enlightenment.  Readings from l'Abbe Prevost, 
Francoise de Graffigny, Diderot, Rousseau, Isabelle de Charriere, the Encyclopedie, Laclos, 
and Sade.  Readings and discussion in French.  Women's Studies students may choose to write 
their papers in English.

FRN 365b
Francophone Literature
Leyla Ezdinli/Ruth Simmons
Wednesday  1:10-3:00 pm	

Topic for 1997: Literature of the Caribbean.  An exploration of the poetics, theory and 
politics of Caribbean writing from the Negritude  movement through the elaboration of the 
notions of Antillanite and Creolite.  Works by Aime Cesaire, Edouard Glissant, Maryse 
Conde, Joseph Zobel, Patrick Chamoiseau, Michelle Cliff, Derek Walcott.  Offered in 
English.  Readings in French and English.  Prerequisities:  FRN 240 and FRN 260 or higher; 
or 2 courses in Comparative Literature.  Offered as a seminar for 1997 only. 
Permission required.

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GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT
15 Wright Hall
585-3530
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GOV 211b
Gender and Politics
Gary Lehring
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 am

An examination of gender and sexuality as subjects of theoretical investigation, 
historically constructed in ways that have made possible various forms of regulation and 
scrutiny today.   We will focus on the way in which traditional views of gender and 
sexuality still resonate with us in the modern world, helping to shape legislation and 
public opinion, creating substantial barriers to cultural and political change. 
Prerequisite: completion of GOV 100, or course work in either feminist theory or women's 
studies, or permission of the
Instructor.

GOV 264b (component)
Problems in Democratic Thought
Philip Green
Monday, Wednesday  1:10-2:30 pm
Discussion Friday  1:10-2:30

What is democracy? A reading of Rousseau's Social Contract introduces the following issues 
to be explored in relation to the ideal of democratic self-government: pluralism, 
participation, Majority rule vs. Minority rights, and equality. Selected readings from 
liberal, radical, Democratic, Marxian, and feminist political thought. Not open to first-
year students.

GOV 311b (component)
Seminar In Urban Politics
TBA
TBA

GOV 321b
Seminar: Power and Politics in Africa: The Female Factor
Walter Morris-Hale
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 pm

A glimpse into the totality of nation-building from the female perspective. Enrollment 
limited to 15. Permission of the instructor required.

GOV 364b
Seminar in Political Theory: Feminist Theory
TBA
TBA

An examination of the challenges posed by and to contemporary feminist theory for 
historical and contemporary perspectives on gender and politics.  This seminar will focus 
on the interplay among gender, cultural differences, citizenship and democracy.  
Prerequisites:  100d or the equivalent, at least one course on issues of gender in society.  
Admission by permission of the instructor.

GOV 366b
Seminar in Political Theory 
Gary Lehring
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 pm

Topic for 1996-97: The Body Politic. This seminar examines the contemporary politicization 
of human bodies focusing on the way bodies have become represented, imagined, dispersed, 
monitored, regulated and inscribed within and through recently emergent political 
struggles.  Often providing new forms of resistance to the dominant social text, new bodily 
and political possibilities bring with them new modes of surveillance and containment of 
bodies and politics.  Issues we will explore include the following:  abortion, 
reproduction, AIDS, gender subversion, sexual acts and identities, political torture and 
terminal illness.


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HISTORY DEPARTMENT
13 Wright Hall
585-3702
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HST 253b
Women in Modern European Societies
Miriam Slater
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:50 pm

This course will focus on the experience of women in their public and private lives in the 
17th through the late 19th centuries in Europe with particular emphasis on Britain.  Topics 
include: the separation of men and women in the workplace and in the home; changes in the 
nature of domestic life, power relations, attitudes and practices regarding motherhood and 
childrearing, and sexual relations; women's attempts to gain equal access to education and 
professional life; women's battle for political equality, political power and the vote. 
Recommended background: a course in European history since 1500.  Enrollment limited.  
Sign-up with history department secretary, Wright Hall.

HST 254b
19th Century European Thought
Ernest Benz
Monday  7:00-9:30 pm

Rethinking individual and community in the wake of the French and industrial revolutions.   
Readings from de Maistre, Saint-Simon, Comte, Durkheim, Fourier, Schopenhauer, Burckhardt, 
Nietzsche, Marx, Mill, and Freud.  Also considered are their views on art, religion, 
science, and women.

HST 256b (component)
Modern European Social History
Miriam Slater
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 am

Topic for 1996-97: The History of the Western European Family. A Study of the historical 
development of the modern family from the early modern period through the end of the 19th 
century which also draws on appropriate developments in the United States.  The following 
topics will be examined:  practices and values concerning marriage and family life; power 
structure within the conjugal family; privatization of the family; changing expectations 
and practices of parenting, particularly motherhood and its relationship to women's 
education and work force participation; shifts in the construction of gender roles and 
expectations.  Recommended background:  a course in European history since 1600.

HST 263b
Continuity and Change in Spanish America and Brazil
Ann Zulawski
Tuesday  3:00-5:30 pm

Topic for 1996-97:  Gender in the Study of Latin American History.  Gender as a central 
element in the creation of Latin American societies.  The interaction of gender, class, and 
ethnicity in different historical periods in various regions of Spanish America and Brazil.  
Topics include: changing gender relations in the Aztec and Inca states, men and woman under 
colonialism, gender and movements for social change, the household economy and the public 
sphere, sexuality and society. At least one course in Latin American history is strongly 
recommended as a foundation for this class.

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MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Sage Hall
585-3150
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MUS 100b
Music and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Margaret Sarkissian
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:00-9:50 am  Section D

Using case studies ranging from the Middle East to Native America as points of departure, 
this course will explore the role of music in processes of socialization, segregation, and 
gender-based power relations.  Although the readings will focus primarily on non-Western 
musics, contemporary  manifestations of American popular music culture will also be 
considered.


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RELIGION AND BIBLICAL LITERATURE
102 Wright Hall
585-3451
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REL 110b
Colloquia: Thematic Studies In Religion Christian Spirituality
Elizabeth Carr
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 am  Section C

An introduction to Christian spirituality through primary source readings on significant 
religious personalities of the past and present. Consideration of turning points in their 
lives and the relation of interior life to creative action in the world. Readings in 
Catherine of Siena, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Simone 
Weil, and Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Rigoberta Menchu, and Zora Neale Hurston.

REL 110b (component)
Colloquium: Thematic Studies in Religion 
Issues in Contemporary Judaism 1960's to thePresent
Lois Dubin
Monday, Wednesday  1:10-2:30 pm  Section F

The interplay of tradition and modernity in contemporary Jewish thought and practice.   
Jewish renewal and the construction of new traditions among American and Israeli men and  
women, with attention to conflicts between self-expression  and submission to authority, 
and between revival and invention.  Topics include: women's creativity in ritual and study, 
the newly pious, the appeal of mysticism, and Zionist views of religion, nationalism, and 
messianism.  Readings drawn from novels, autobiographies, and newpapers as well as
scholarly works; occasional films.

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PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT
102 Wright Hall
585-3646
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PSY 366b
Topics in the Psychology Of Women
Faye Crosby
Wednesday  2:40-4:00 pm

Topic for 1996-97: The Feminist Lens.  We will read together original writings of 
psychology's "greats" like Freud, Jurg, Horney, Skinner, and so on.  We will use the lens 
of feminism to unclutter and analyze preconceptions and prejudices.


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SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
12 Wright Hall
585-3520
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SOC 229b
Sex and Gender in American Society
Nancy Whittier
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 am

An examination of the ways in which the social system creates, maintains, and reproduces 
gender dichotomies with specific attention to the significance of gender in a number of 
institutional contexts, including the economy, the law, and the family.

SOC 323b
Seminar: Gender and Social Change
Nancy Whittier
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 pm

This course examines theory and research on the construction of and change in gender 
categories in the United States. Particular attention will be paid to social movements that 
seek to change gender definitions and stratification, including both feminist and anti-
feminist movements. Theoretical frameworks will be drawn from feminist theory and social 
movement theory. Readings will examine historical shifts in gender relations and norms, 
changing definitions of gender in contemporary everyday life, and politicized struggles 
over
Gender definitions. Themes throughout the course include the social construction of both 
femininity and masculinity, the intersection of race, class, and identity. Case studies of 
social movements will include feminist, lesbian and gay, right-wing, self help, men's, 
anti-abortion and pro-choice movements. Enrollment limited. Permission of the instructor 
required.


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THEATRE
T-204 Theatre Building	
585-3205/3216
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THE 199b (component)
Theatre and Society: Renaissance to the Birth of Modern Dance
Susan Clark
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 am

A cross-cultural survey of theatre, beginning with Japanese Kabuki drama, through commedia, 
17th century Neoclassicism, romanticism and melodrama to the development of realism and 
anti-realistic dramas.  Special emphasis will be given to the representation of gender on 
stage, including cross-dressing and the emergence of women  as performers.   Movements in 
theatre will be considered in relation to their societies and as influences on modern 
theatre practice.  Recommended background THE 198.

THE 213b (component)
American Theatre And Drama
Susan Clark
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:50 pm

A thematic survey extending from the beginning of colonial theatre to contemporary theatre.   
Plays, popular entertainments and stage personnel will be studied in relationship to the 
political, social and cultural environment of the United States.  Particular attention will 
be paid to the inclusion and/or exlusion of American Indians, African Americans, women, and 
homosexuals in the theatre and in society.  The major question to be explored is whether or 
not the theatre, in the process of defining itself as "American," truly reflects the 
"melting pot" of America.