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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Drama and the Media - Performing Mythologies in the Contemporary World


This course asks students to consider the following questions: How are media constructed and produced? Received and understood? And how do media make meaning in culture? How are the stories and mythologies that circulate in various media (film, TV, print, social media) made "dramatic" or framed by and structured using theatrical techniques? And to what ends? How do social groups perform themselves and others? Locating our study in the cultures of the United States, Middle East, and Africa, and by exploring the connections between "drama" and "media," we will develop our abilities to critically analyze and decode meaning embedded in media texts, consider how nations perform themselves and others using various media, and ultimately become more savvy, ethical media consumers/producers and citizens of our global world.
Course Details

Winter 2021

Dec 7, 2020 - Jan 16, 2021
Theo Lefevre
Base Cost: $1,608 ($402/credit)
Term Fee: $47
Start date: Dec 07, 2020
End date: Jan 16, 2021
Last day to add: Dec 11, 2020
Last day to drop: Dec 11, 2020
Last day to withdraw: Dec 31, 2020