Theater of Cruelty in Film and Theater

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Theater of Cruelty

Spring 2023

Taught By: Rose Rejouis

Section: A

CRN: 10840

Credits: 4

This course takes Antonin Artaud’s concept of the “theater of cruelty,” at its point of departure. Artaud called for a more rigorous theater that would require its viewers to experience it in their body, via the senses. In a way, one could say that he called for a theater that could disrupt daily routines and a de facto passivity in the face of various assaults on human dignity. This course explores 20th and 21st experimental poetry, theater and film which reflect Artaud’s ideas. We will begin with Artaud’s iconic theoretical text and his appearance in Dyer’s Joan of Arc. We will explore his ideas for re-examining the encounters between colonizers and colonized, civilian and police, the body and the mind, sound and images.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:20pm 7/4/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 458

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023