Embodying the Book
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This program starts with two suppositions. The first is that literature is a living thing—a medium that is meant to be deeply felt as well as analyzed or critiqued. It joins humans together, building emotional and empathetic bridges between them that can’t be built in any other way. The second is that reading literature aloud—literally embodying it—provides a doorway into a new experience altogether, one that invites profound connections with a text, with listeners, and ultimately with ourselves.
In this program, students will equip themselves—as readers, writers, and performers—to bring literature fully to life through the medium of voice. Our work begins with the cultivation of our voices as sensitive instruments of expression. In a safe and supportive environment, students will build their skills in effective sound production, enunciation, tone, pacing, emphasis, and rhythm. At the same time, they will pursue intensive study of select narrative, dramatic, and poetic texts, developing the nuanced intellectual and emotional understandings necessary to forge meaningful individual and group recitations. We will devote a great deal of time to reading these texts aloud and exploring their workings together.
Our texts will include major literary works such as Shakespeare’s plays and Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying ; a wide range of traditional and contemporary poetry; and practical manuals such as Linklater’s Freeing the Natural Voice . Class sessions will likely include seminars, workshops, guest presentations, films, small-group critiques, and frequent in-class recitations. Students will work in groups to prepare and present major readings. Outside of class, students will write response papers on the texts, keep program journals, and maintain a regular voice practice.
Credit equivalencies will be awarded in the areas of American and English literature (3), oral interpretation (3), and writing (2). This program will prepare participants for further studies in the literary and performing arts, and will equip them with valuable skills in analysis, synthesis, critique, teamwork, and public speaking that they can apply to a wide variety of endeavors. Join us!
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Humanities, education, literature, teaching, performing, and fields involving public speaking
Class Size: 50
Scheduled for: Evening
Located in: Olympia