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Administrative Unit: Humanities 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 Objectives
  • To increase the comprehension and appreciation of prose, poetry and drama through textual analysis and performance.
  • To introduce various techniques of oral communication, the process of analysis and process of performance.
    Measurable Learning
  • Develop performance competence through an understanding and application of basic oral interpretation skills in prose, poetry and drama.
  • Develop basic presenting communication skills including interpretation, posture, gesture, voice, mind, concentration, energy and rhythm.
  • Analyze literature for its full intellectual, emotional and aesthetic meaning and then translate that meaning into a public performance setting.
  • Explain how characterization assists with the understanding of the roles of oneself and others in communication settings.
  • Appreciate the performance of others.
    Topical Outline:
  • Assessment for this course, at a minimum, should consist of examinations, written rhetorical analysis, and multiple formal public presentations. This course is highly performative in nature. Students must give formal presentations.
  • 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 Theatre/ Chamber Theatre

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

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    Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: February 12, 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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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