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13th Edition

Oral Interpretation

ISBN 9781138082212
Published August 24, 2018 by Routledge
392 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


Subject Index

Author and Selection Index

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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