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Performance Traditions of Korea P'ansori, Text and Performance

Course Number: Korean 5400-0100 (USU); EAS 300 (UW); ASIAN 480 (U-M)

Times: Mon 3:15 – 6:00PM (CT), 4:15 – 7:00PM (ET)

Instructor: Chan E. Park

This is a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary course combining literature and music of Korea including the storysinging tradition of p’ansori and a folk percussion. P’ansori is a major Korean storysinging tradition proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Through the study of both the narrative text and the poetic deliverance of the oral tradition of p’ansori, students dive into the meaning of the existence of traditional performativity today, and discover its rootedness in our contemporary consciousness. Furthermore, this course is performance-oriented, and will culminate in public performance of their learning, practice, and creativity.

The course welcomes graduate and undergraduate students in performance, ethnicity, cultural studies, music, theater, storytelling, literature, folklore, anthropology, Asian, Asian-American, and Korean culture and civilization. Vocal and percussive music enthusiasts are welcome. While knowledge of Korean is helpful, all interested students with no background in Korean language are welcome.

Hosting University: The Ohio State University

Participating Universities: University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan

Academic Calendar: Unless specified by the course instructor, the course will follow the host campus’ academic calendar.