Cultures of the Street (DRA2085)

30 credits

This module explores ‘the street’ as a ‘stage’ for a diverse range of performance cultures and practices. We will consider the social, political and cultural significance of street performance, asking questions about how and why a variety of formal and informal performative practices might have made use of public space. We will consider the historical span of ‘street’ performance culture, from carnival to hip-hop, engaging with a range of practices which might include busking, begging, protest, flash mobs, flaneurship, break dance, street theatre, religious sermons and performance poetry. We will consider the role of the street in political discourse relating to class, race and gender and how such discourses are ‘performed’.