This course will be led by Gina Di Salvo, assistant professor of theater history and dramaturgy. Professor Di Salvo’s academic interests include theater history, dramatic criticism, Shakespeare, saints, and dramaturgy. Class will be held Wednesdays from 11:15 – 12:05.
This course is a semester-long exploration of the legacy of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and qualitative research using the musical Hamilton: An American Musical, biography, and archival documents. Through listening and analyzing the cast album, watching documentaries and clips, examining documents (in both draft and final forms), and conducting interviews, we will explore both how our national founding narratives circulate in both history and popular culture. Through hands-on and mostly in-class, collaborative, experiential activities, students learn both archival and ethnographic methods for research, as well as develop written and oral rhetorical skills.