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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 360
Course Title: Oral Interpretation of Literature
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Appreciation of poetry, prose, and drama through oral performance. Prerequisite: COMM 110 and/or COMM 203 strongly recommended.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): COMM 110 and/or COMM 203 strongly recommended.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of books like the following:

Performing Literary Texts
By Jaffe, Clella I. ( Wadsworth)
Oral Interpretation
By Lee, Charlotte I. & Timothy Gura (Houghton Mifflin)
Performing Literature
By Long, Beverly Whitaker & Mary Frances Hopkins (Prentice Hall)
Performance Studies: The Interpretation of Aesthetic Texts
By Pelias, Ronald J. (Burgess)
Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories
By McElheny. Kenneth R. & James Moffet (Mentor)
Contemporary American Poetry
By Poulin, A. (Houghton Mifflin)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate performance competence through an understanding and application of basic oral interpretation skills in prose, poetry and drama.
  2. Demonstrate basic performance skills including interpretation, posture, gesture, voice, mind, concentration, energy and rhythm.
  3. Analyze literature for its full intellectual, emotional and aesthetic meaning and then translate that meaning into a public performance setting.
  4. Appreciate the performance of others.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

Assessment for this course, at a minimum, should consist of examinations, written performance analysis papers, and multiple formal public presentations. This course is highly performative in nature. Students must fully realized aesthetic presentations. Topics to cover:

  • Introduction to interpretation
  • Paralinguistics: The voice as an instrument
  • Introduction to prose
  • Prose analysis
  • Introduction to poetry
  • Poetry analysis
  • Introduction to drama
  • Script analysis
  • Characterization in interpretation
  • Readers/Chamber Theatre
  • Performance Criticism

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: April 15, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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