In its 13th Edition, the iconic Oral Interpretation continues to prepare students to analyze and perform literature through an accessible, step-by-step process. New selections join classic favorites, and chapters devoted to specific genres—narrative, poetry, group performance, and more—explore the unique challenges of each form. Now tighter and more focused than its predecessors, this edition highlights movements in contemporary culture—especially the contributions of social media to current communication. New writings offer advice and strategies for maximizing body and voice in performance, and enhanced devices guide novices in performance preparation.
Table of Contents
Why Do You Need This New Edition?
To the Student
To the Instructor
PART ONE: Basic Principles
chapter one A Beginning and an End
chapter two Analyzing the Selection
chapter three Voice Development for Oral Interpretation
chapter four Use of the Body in Oral Interpretation
PART TWO: Interpretation of Prose
chapter five Prose: Style, Types, Nonfiction
chapter six Prose: Narration
PART THREE: Interpretation of Drama
chapter seven Drama: Structure and Solo Performance
chapter eight Technique and Solo Performance of Drama
PART FOUR: Interpretation of Poetry
chapter nine Language of Poetry
chapter ten Structure of Poetry
PART FIVE: Group Performance
chapter eleven Group Performance of Literature
appendix a Building and Presenting a Program
appendix b A Brief History of Theories of Interpretation
Author and Selection Index
Timothy Gura is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Speech Communication Arts and Sciences at Brooklyn College, CUNY, in the USA.
Benjamin Powell is Associate Professor of Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts at City University of New York Borough of Manhattan Community College, in the USA.
As an instructor for Oral Interpretation of Literature courses, I find Routledge’s publication of the Oral Interpretation text an outstanding resource. While the text guides those new to oral interpretation, I have seen growth with students at various levels of experience with oral interpretation practices. I also teach acting courses and love how techniques relate very well to similar performance styles. I highly recommend this book.
-Keone K. Fuqua, William Carey University, USA