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ERIC Number: ED474963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-21
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Racially Reversed Roles and Their Impact on Drama and Audience in the Multiethnic Writing Classroom.
Bannister, Linda; Hurd, James
This paper explores a writing-classroom pedagogy that uses dramatic literature and racially reversed roles as a springboard for discussion of diversity issues. According to the paper, the belief is that providing students with a drama that features ethnically reversed casts, performed sequentially, would allow them to recognize how powerfully skin color affects the representation of ethnic difference, race, and class. The paper's author/educators co-wrote a 3-act drama, "Room 1222," which explores issues of black-white relationships, the tensions involved in the intersection of work and family, and human behavior in the face of serious illness. The paper explains that the play was performed twice with two casts for the same audience (an ethnically diverse group of 175 students, faculty, and visitors at Loyola Marymount University)--the races of the lead characters were reversed: white became black, black became white, and there were also two directors, one black and one white. It describes the play and discusses reaction to it. Contains a 7-item bibliography. Attached is an outline of the play's two versions. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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