Communicating Literature: An Introduction To Oral Interpretation

Communicating Literature: An Introduction To Oral Interpretation

by Lewis, Todd V

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ISBN-13: 9780757508479
Publisher: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/22/2010
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Permissionsxi
Chapter 1Introduction to Oral Interpretation1
Oral Interpretation as "Synergism"1
Definition2
Experiences in Literature2
Classification by Genres3
Confronting Your Fear of Performance3
Interpretation and Acting6
Presenting Your First Reading8
Introductions/Teasers/Transitions8
Assignments10
Chapter 2A History of Oral Interpretation13
Greece13
Ancient Israel14
Rome14
Early Christian Era15
Middle Ages16
The Renaissance and Elocutionary Periods17
The Storyteller18
Lecture Circuits19
The Twentieth Century and Beyond20
Chapter 3Communicating Literature: Theory and Perceptions25
Communicative Intent in the Performance of Literature25
What Constitutes a "Text"?26
Interdependency of: Literature/Interpreter/Observer27
Literature as Message28
Interpreter as Translater29
Introductions as Justification for Performance Choices29
Observers as Receptors/Responders/Critics30
A Communication Model for Oral Interpretation31
Explanation of the Model31
Conclusion34
Chapter 4Nonverbal Communication and Oral Interpretation37
Overview37
Kinesics38
Emblems39
Illustrators40
Regulators41
Affect Displays41
Adaptors42
Oculesics42
Physical Appearance43
Proxemics and Haptics44
Chronemics45
Conclusion45
Assignments46
Chapter 5Vocal Factors and Oral Interpretation53
Overview53
Voice Qualities53
Pitch54
Volume55
Tempo and Rhythm Control56
Articulation and Pronunciation57
Resonance60
Vocal Set60
Vocalizations61
Connotation and Denotation61
Conclusion65
Assignments66
Chapter 6Preparation for Oral Interpretation: Analysis69
Primary Ideas in a Text69
Sequence Elements and Message71
Time Aspects72
Setting73
Persona Point-of-View74
Audience Perceptions78
Textual Language Choices78
Conclusion79
Chapter 7Preparation for Oral Interpretation: Rehearsals and Performance81
Cutting and Editing81
Writing the Introduction84
Performing with a Script84
Choosing Focus85
Sensory Sensitivity88
Audience Feedback90
Making a Strong Initial Impression90
Assignments91
Chapter 8Oral Interpretation of Prose93
Categories of Prose93
Component Features of Prose96
Tag Lines and Dialogue100
Rhythm101
Types of Prose102
Prose Performance Decisions103
Choices for Performance of Prose107
Short Stories107
Novels108
Histories, Biographies, Autobiographies108
Essays, Letters, Prayers, Diaries109
Assignments109
Chapter 9Oral Interpretation of Drama: Solo and Duo111
Features of Drama111
Projecting Dramatic Elements113
Drama Performance Decisions: The Solo Artist117
Drama Performance Decisions: Duo Sharing118
Performing Shakespeare119
Choices for Drama Performance: The Solo Interpreter122
Monologues122
Comedies122
Serious Period Drama123
Classics123
Choices for Drama Performance: Duo Performers123
Assignments124
Chapter 10Oral Interpretation of Poetry127
Characteristics of Poetry127
Genres of Poetry128
Component Features of Poetry136
Figures of Speech136
Repetition and Parallelism138
Rhyme Scheme140
Meter140
Prior Preparation for Poetry Interpretation142
Suggestions for Poetry Performance144
Classical Poetry (Conventional and Free Verse)144
Modern Poetry144
Song Lyrics145
Assignments146
Chapter 11Readers Theatre and Other Group Forms of Interpretation149
Definitive Features of Readers Theatre149
Script Preparation153
Casting and Rehearsing157
Staging and Blocking158
Conclusion161
Assignments161
Chapter 12Evaluating Oral Interpretation Performances165
Listening to a Performance165
Evaluating a Performance166
Comments on Introductions and Transitions167
Comments on Literary Choice167
Comments on Portrayal of Personae168
Comments on Delivery Techniques168
Comments on Nonverbal Communication168
Concluding Comments168
Listening Reports169
Journal Articles169
Sample Suggested Recordings and Publishers170
Assignments171
Chapter 13Specialized Forms and Outlets for Oral Interpretation173
Program Oral Interpretation173
Original Material Interpretation174
Performing Children's Literature175
Multicultural Interpretation179
Religious Scripture Interpretation180
Performance Outlets181
Festivals and Forensic Contests181
Oral Interpretation and Community Service185
Outlets for Your Future186
Assignments186
AppendixEvaluation Critique Sheets189
Prose191
Prose (2)193
Duo Drama195
Solo Drama197
Shakespeare199
Poetry201
Program Interpretation203
Children's Literature205
Generic Form207
Readers Theatre209
Listening Report211
Listening Report #2213
Listening Report #3215
Journal Report #1217
Journal Report #2219
Festival/Forensics Report221
Festival/Forensics Report #2223
Index225

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