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Global Narratives
TA 040e
Srinivas Reddy IITGn
Brian Brophy Caltech
Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 PM PST/8:30-10 AM/IST
First Class: January 6, 2015
Final Class: March 10, 2015

Overview:
This class addresses the growing need for international exchanges around culture and the aesthetic dimensions of intercultural engagement. With a focus on storytelling and performance techniques, writing and examination/analysis of text-based sources, including films and text/global media-based literature, within a global framework, the class complements and expands current Science/Humanities/Social Science communication modules and classes.

This class calls upon the student to investigate his/her own viewpoints, assumptions, convictions in regard to themselves and the world around them and giving voice to them in the safeguard of the classroom through guided instruction from the professors. From initial or exploratory self-revealing narratives of the individual, the class focuses on formal analysis of various global texts from Aeschylus and the Greeks, to India and Ramayana, Shakespeare and Eastern traditions of performance and storytelling.

Through the latest upgrades in HD video conferencing, voice and content communication technology, the class Caltech and IITG working together – connectsing students in two parts of the world together through storytelling in real-time.– importance of doing this in this global world

This class is designed to contextualize the personal narratives of students in a pro-active search for an authentic voice mediated by the ancient ground of global narratives.

Grading:
80% Writing/Performance/Attendance
20% Final Exam on material

Syllabus:
Students will write several stories and perform them with their classmates over the ten-week class. At the end of term (March 11) students will select the most relevant/engaging narrative and present them back for a final fully produced Ted talk-performance.

January 6: Introductory class with IITGn/Caltech 1. Write a personal credo and begin reading Campbell’s Hero’s Journey
January 13: Performance Workshop continues Campbell 2.Personal story-writing. Watch Pasolini’s Oedipus Film
January 20: Greeks/Chuck Mee Read Big Love Greeks in the pre
sent Day
January 27: Read excerpts from Ramayana/ Hamlet and watch the film Haider.
February 3 More Ramayana 3. Story
February 10 Ramayana and alternative narratives
February 17 Read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Attend Alice Through the Wormhole Dress Rehearsal Skype—class. Story 4.
February 24 Eastern Performance Models Read Chikamatsu. Story 5.
March 3 Final review of material and Final Exam--Rehearse final presentations.
March 10 Final presentations of stories…

Stories include: 1) Credo 2) Personal story 3) A story based on the adaptation of the Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell 4) A story about their current academic passions/scientific/academic research 5) A story in response to global literature and how they figure in to the metaphorical nature of existence.

TEXTS:

--Campbell, Joseph. The Hero’s Journey. Harper Collins (1993)

--Richman, Paula, ed. Many Rāmāyaṇas: The Diversity of a Narrative Tradition in South Asia. Oxford University Press (1997).
--Chatman, Seymour Benjamin. Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film. Cornell University Press (1978).
--Selected plays of Charles Mee: http://www.charlesmee.org/plays.shtml
--Hamlet by William Shakespeare/The Love Suicides at Amijima by Chikamatsu

FILMS:
Haider
Oedipus
Sita Sings the Blues

 

ALICE THROUGH THE WORMHOLE

A wild, original musical take on Alice through the Caltech universe.

Alice is bored.

She's a new grad genius in spintronics and marionetting on a tour of Telcach, until WB, a manic Phd candidate, drags her down a wormhole to the underbelly of the campus. Logic and reality lose ground as she gets caught in the battle between the Queen of Funding and the Dark Prince of Future Science.

Dead scientists, time loops, the Cheshire Chimp and Tweedle X & Y...

Will she ever get out, or will she decide to stay?

LISTEN

Living on Soylent

Everything Science

 

CAST LIST

Brenda Varda, COMMUNITY

Book/Lyrics/Music/Music Director

Brian Brophy, FACULTY

Director

Joe Greef, UG '14

Producer

Amanda Lin, UG '18

Construction/Production Team (PT)

Anne Hyvarinen, COMMUNITY

Set Designer/PT

Carly Robison, UG '18

Producer

Chris Bell, COMMUNITY

Special Effects/PT

Cierina Marks, CALTECH STAFF

Costume/Quark/Larp

Connie Panzarello, CALTECH ALUM  

Costume Designer

Crystal Dilworth, CALTECH ALUM

Choreographer

Elena Scire, CALTECH STAFF 

GangBoss/PT

Marty Gibbons, COMMUNITY

Construction coordinator/PT

Penelope Chan, COMMUNITY

Hair/Makeup /Quark/Larp COMMUNITY

Preston Rasmussen, UG '18 

Production  (Tweedle)

Rochelle Weber, UG '14 

PT/AV

Yixiao Yan, UG '18

Stage Manager

Evan Davis, UG '17

Drummer/The Pit Band

Andy Zhou, UG '14  

Guitar/Voice/Larp

Moriah Bischann, UG '17

Costumes

Allen Corcorran, CALTECH ALUM  

Dark Prince

Benjamin Ragnar Sveinbjornsson, CALTECH ALUM

Walter Knight

Carol Elaine, JPL  

Professor Story

Doug Smith, CALTECH STAFF

Professor

Giulia Pellegrino, COMMUNITY

Dr. Duchess

Harrison Miller, UG '14 

Matterfiller

Holly Bender, JPL

Alice

Jeremy Brouillet, GRAD STUDENT

Malware Hare

Larissa Charusangavej, CALTECH STAFF  

Tweedle X

Mason McGill, GRAD STUDENT

(Bass/ AV Team

Preston Rasmussen, UG '18

Tweedle Y

Stephen Kellogg, CALTECH ALUM

Professor; Quark

Teagan Wall, GRAD STUDENT  

White Rabbit

Tiffany Kim, CALTECH STAFF  

Red Queen

Utkarsh Mital, GRAD STUDENT

Dopey/Larp/Quark

Yazan Billeh, GRAD STUDENT  

Cheshire Chimp

Celia Zhang, UG '18

Larp & Quark

Erisa Hines, JPL 

Larp & Quark

Heather Curtis, GRAD STUDENT  

Larp & PT

Ida Huang, UG '18 

Larp & Quark

Jiyun Ivy Xiao, UG '17 

Larp, Quark, Music

Matteo Ronchi, GRAD STUDENT  

Larp/Quark

Mehmet Sencan, GRAD STUDENT

Larp/Quark 

Elizabeth Freeman, COMMUNITY

Costumes

 

 

 

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