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Live Entertainment and Popular Culture - ARTS2123
 Media, Film and Theatre

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1
Equivalent: MEFT2351
Excluded: PFST2009, THFI2010
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable
Available for General Education: Yes (more info)


Subject Area: Theatre and Performance Studies
This course can also be studied in the following specialisation: Media, Culture and Technology

ARTS2123 is a Level 2 elective in the Theatre and Performance Studies major.
Tracing the influence of popular performance genres on contemporary culture, and drawing on theories of popular culture and of the comic, this course looks briefly at the traditions of vaudeville and drag performance in New York and Sydney and then traces the rise of performance comedy in the last quarter of the twentieth century, from alternative jazz and rock 'n’ roll bars and clubs to major entertainment venues, pay TV, DVD and video-sharing internet sites such as YouTube. Drawing on theories of the comic, it explores issues of comic transgression and strategic oppositional readings of these products of popular culture.

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