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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 385
Course Title: Performance Styles and Genres: (Specific Topic)
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Intensive study of a major performance style or genre. Emphasis is on historical, theoretical and critical issues. Sample topics: poetry; personal narrative; performance art; prose; drama. Course may be taken more than once when the topic varies. Prerequisite: COMM 360.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): COMM 360.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Introduction to Poetry
By Gioia, Dana M. & X. J. Kennedy (Longman)
The Contemporary American Short Story
By Nguyen, B. Minh & Porter Shreve (Allyn & Bacon)
Sudden Fiction
By Shapard, Robert & James Thomas (Norton)
Scenes and Monologues From the New American Theater
By Pike, Frank & Thomas G. Dunn (Signet)
Course Objectives
  • To offer an intense study of a particular performance genre.
  • To better understand and apply advanced literary analysis and performance techniques as a means to develop a hightened appreciation of the specific genre.
    Measurable Learning
  • Explain the style or genre and its relationship to literary/performance traditions.
  • Explain performance theory and criticism at an advanced level.
  • Demonstrate advanced level of perfomance techniques and appreciation.
    Topical Outline:
  • At a minimum, assessment for this course should consist of examinations, written rhetorical analysis, and multiple formal public presentations. This course is highly performative in nature. Students must give formal presentations.
  • Investigation of multiple perspectives in literary analysis
  • Investigation into the broad spectrum of performance practices
  • Performance process
  • Performance criticism

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Amy Darnell Date: April 9, 2008
    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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