392 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    392 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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