This experimental course offers a case study on the musical Porgy and Bess
. Students examine the multiple iterations of Porgy and Bess
(novel, play, film), perform archival research, critically engage with the history and culture of the American musical, and ask the question "What would it mean to adapt Porgy and Bess
today?". Topics include adaptation theory and practice; performance studies; gender, race, class, and identity; and media studies. The recorded lectures are from the 2011 Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
course English 198.
Marjorie Garber, PhD, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University.
Diane Paulus, MFA, Professor of the Practice of Theater and Artistic Director, American Repertory Theater, Harvard University.
Course tuition: noncredit $1,045, undergraduate credit $1,045, graduate credit $2,000.
, beginning Sept. 4.