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Oral Interpretation

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Oral Interpretation



Authors: Charlotte Lee and Timothy Guara 
Book Description  
0205582869 978-0205582860 February 5, 2009 12
For over fifty years, Oral Interpretation has successfully prepared readers to analyze and perform literature through an accessible, step-by-step process. The authors classic commitment to helping readers understand literature then to embody and evoke the work has been refined to offer a more concise, user-friendly process that will help them succeed in their daunting first performance.

Updated with a tightly edited collection of classic and contemporary selections, each chapter provides a wide variety of selections for learners at all levels. Chapters devoted to each genre---narrative, poetry, drama, group performance–explore the unique challenges of each form while newly revised chapters on Using the Body and Using the Voice in performance introduce readers to technical exercises to promote performance flexibility

this review is from: Oral Interpretation Hardcover 
"Oral Interpretation" was a standard textbook for so long because it does a superb job of combining theory and practice. Authors Charlotte I. Lee and Timothy Gura begin by talking about the importance of choosing a selection for oral interpretation by basing your selection on the key touchstones of universality, individuality, and suggestion. At the heart of this approach is the advice actor Spencer Tracy always gave to his colleagues, which was "to know your lines." Of course, there are layers of meaning to Tracy's simple dictum, and it is uncovering all those layers that Lee and Gura try to impress upon their students.
In addition to choosing a selection, the Basic Principles section of the textbook deals with Analyzing the Selection, Voice Development for Oral Interpretation, and The Use of the Body in Oral Intepretation. Consequently, the mind which analyses the selection is as crucial as the voice and body that interpret it for the listening audience. You will be impressed with the variety of selections that are includes for analysis and oral interpretation. For example, in the Voice Development chapter you have selections as diverse as Garrison Keillor's "Lake Wobegon Days," Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," Mathew Arnold's "Dover Beach," and a Navajo Ceremonial Chant.
"Oral Interpretation" then looks in turn as the major genres of writing that can be interpreted: Prose, Drama, and Poetry. There is also a chapter devoted to Group Performance, which tends to cut across the other three areas. The approach of Lee and Gura is to break down each form into specific elements that can be addressed in interpreting the text. This means speech phrases, balancing sentences, and tone color for prose; scenography, embodying characters, and physical focus for drama; and allusions, figures of speech, and sensory appeals for poetry. There are also appendixes offering Some Notes on Directing the Group Performance, Building and Presenting a Program, and a Brief History of Theories of Interpretation. The goal, as with the main part of the textbook, is to prepare teachers and students of oral interpretation for all eventualities.
"Oral Interpretation" was the textbook I used when teaching this particular class because of its comprehensiveness and its emphasis on practical advise. For me the key part was always the critical understanding of the selection, taking the piece apart so that you understood how it worked and could put it back together in performance and breath life into the words. Students always appreciated the specificity of the examples, where a paragraph could be devoted to taking apart a single sentence or appreciating the particular combinations of vowels and consonants that appear in a particular line of rhyme. Even those students who feel that they their voices are unsuited to oral interpretation, can appreciate the critical approach to understanding literature that they learn from this volume

Book Details


  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 12 edition (February 5, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205582869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205582860
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
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