Learning to Perform: An Introduction

Learning to Perform: An Introduction

by Carol Simpson Stern
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Northwestern University Press


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Learning to Perform: An Introduction

In Learning to Perform Carol Simpson Stern and Bruce Henderson enliven the dialogue between theory and practice for actors and teachers alike. Beginning with an overview of the study of literary and cultural texts through performance, Stern and Henderson then translate literary and performance theory into concrete classroom experience. Learning to Perform presents a dynamic performance methodology that offers the tools students need to develop and refine performance skills, analyze texts, and think and reflect critically on performed texts. By addressing an expanded sense of text that includes cultural as well as literary artifacts, the authors bridge the gap between oral interpretation and the more inclusive field of performance studies that overarches it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900810126670
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Carol Simpson Stern is a professor of performance studies and former dean of the graduate school at Northwestern University.

Bruce Henderson is a professor of speech communication at Ithaca College.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started

Chapter 2: Your First Performance

Chapter 3: Performance Criticism: Talking and Writing About Performance

Chapter 4: Crafting Your Performance: Techniques and Conventions

Chapter 5: Performing The Personal Narrative, Family Histories, and Memoirs

Chapter 6: Performing Poetry: A Modal Approach, or Performing Poetry: The Self and the Speaker in the Lyric, Dramatic and Epic Mode

Chapter 7: Images, and the Sister Arts of Painting, Music, and Dance in Poetry

Chapter 8: Performing Prose Fiction: Narrative, Point of View, and Consciousness

Chapter 9: Performing Prose Fiction: Locations and Language

Chapter 10: The Solo Performance of Drama

Chapter 11: The Solo Performance of Drama: Advanced Issues in Technique

Chapter 12: Performing Non-Fiction: History, Ethnography, and Culture

Chapter 13: Conclusion


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