class 7 the carnivalesque

Peter Brueghel, The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, 1559

Readings  (38 pages)

1. Barbara Ehrenreich (2006). Ch. 1:  Introduction: Invitation to the Dance.  In Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy. Excerpts: pp 1-11, 16-20.

2. Barbara Ehrenreich (2006). Ch.4:  From the Churches to the Streets: The Creation of Carnival.  In Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy. Excerpts: pp. 77-80, 87-95.

3. Mikhail, Baktin (1994). Carnival Ambivalence, in P. Morris (ed.), The Bakhtin Reader: Selected Writings of Bakhtin, Medvedev and Voloshinov, pp.195-199.

4.Jock Young. (1997) The Subterranean World of Play, in K. Gelder & S. Thornton (eds.), The Subcultures Reader, pp. 71 -77.

Reading questions – written responses required 

  1. For the readings:
  • For each essay, what are some important take-aways?
  • What are some common themes that connect the essays?
  • Your thoughts and questions.
  1.  In-real-life and through the entertainment industries, what are examples of the carnivalesque today? What are ways in which you may engage in elements of the contemporary carnivelsque and/or “subterrarean” play?

Written assignments are single-spaced & typed in Times New Roman or Arial (size 12 font), 1-inch margins all around. Remember to proofread. First page should have a heading (single-spaced) with name, date, assignment title.

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