Alice is bored.
She's a new grad genius in spintronics and marionetting on a tour of Tellkech, 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 Y & Z... Will she ever get out, or will she decide to stay?
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Srinivas Reddy IITGn
Brian Brophy Caltech
Tuesday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PST / Wednesdays 8:30AM -10:00 AM IST
First Class: January 6/7, 2015
Final Class: March 10/11, 2015
Location: 275 South Hill--Tacit House
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 individual narratives, the
class focuses on formal analysis of various global texts from the Greeks, to India, Shakespeare, including Eastern and African traditions of performance and storytelling.
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.
Students will write several stories and perform them with their classmates over the ten-week class. At the end of term (March 10/11) students will select the most relevant/engaging narrative and present them back for a final fully produced Ted talk-performance.
January 6/7 Introductory class with IITGn and Caltech
1. Personal credo
Begin reading Campbell’s
Hero With A Thousand
Faces pp 1-42 http://
Performance Workshop and discussion of the Monomyth from Campbell and Hero’s Journey
Personal Credo Due
2. Hero Story
Read Oedipus Rex
Watch excerpts from various
film versions of Oedipus
Hero Story Due
Read excerpts from Hamlet and watch the film Haider.
Myths/Epics of India - Puranas, Ramayana
3. Personal Story
Read excerpts from Ramayana
Watch Star Wars
Multiple Ramayanas - Balinese Shadow Puppets/Telugu Harikatha
Personal Story Due
Watch Sita Sings the Blues
Africa - Colonialism and Tradition. Storytelling in Nigeria, and contemporary practice in Mozambique
4. Research Story
Read Things Fall Apart
Attend Alice Through the Wormhole Dress
Research Story Due
Read excerpts from Alice in Wonderland and Lookinglass by Lewis Carroll.
Japan, China and Vietnam: Ghosts, heroes and the eternal hope of justice
5. Global Story
Read excerpts from Tso Chuan, annals of Confucius, Xieu, Noh-Kabuki and Butoh texts
Final review of material and Final Exams
Rehearse final presentations
[No Class - Upload Video Projects]
Final presentations of stories…
5. Review/Best Project Awards
1) Credo: What do you believe? (2 double-spaced pages)
2) A hero story based on an adaptation of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth archetype.
3) A personal story that builds on self-introspection and development of your character.
4) A story about your current academic passions/scientific research
5) A story in response to global literature and how it figures into the metaphorical nature of being.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. 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).
Sita Sings the Blues http://sitasingstheblues.com/watch.html