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.
Most current editions of the following:
Most current editions of books like the following:
Performing Literary Texts
By Jaffe, Clella I. ( Wadsworth) Recommended
By Lee, Charlotte I. & Timothy Gura (Houghton Mifflin) Recommended
By Long, Beverly Whitaker & Mary Frances Hopkins (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Performance Studies: The Interpretation of Aesthetic Texts
By Pelias, Ronald J. (Burgess) Recommended
Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories
By McElheny. Kenneth R. & James Moffet (Mentor) Recommended
Contemporary American Poetry
By Poulin, A. (Houghton Mifflin) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate performance competence through an understanding and application of basic oral interpretation skills in prose, poetry and drama.
Demonstrate basic performance 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.
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
Introduction to poetry
Introduction to drama
Characterization in interpretation
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
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.