Midterm Study Guide

Midterm Study Guide - Spring 2010 CMST 2040 MIDTERM...

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Spring 2010 CMST 2040 MIDTERM EXAMINATION STUDY GUIDE INSTRUCTOR: Waychoff Know the following in terms of definitions, how to operationalize those definitions, and possible examples from class activities and your performance process. From Lecture: They ways we study performance 1.) Aesthetic: objects -Performance is an object; cultural ritual 2.) Performance as a method of inquiry or understanding literature -System; series of steps 3.) Performance is a paradigm for studying human behavior; metaphor -All world is a stage Making not faking -Performance is a process in which individuals display and create themselves through the roles they elect to portray. In summary, you are what you do. -People are what they do. One’s “real self” is a composite of all these roles. -Brittney Spears: all her acts How performance is framed 1. Performance Competence – Knowledge to speak in socially acceptable ways 2. Audience Evaluation – Evaluates performing skills 3. Heightened Experience – Different from everyday; special for performer and audience New Criticism Began in 1934, avocation of close reading (line by line, etc.); attention to the text, not the author; against paraphrase, more important is the context and form. This means looking at the text exactly as it is with disregard to the author and paraphrasing with the context and the form being more important. Staging -Front stage: during a period of time when you know people are watching; face you put forward -Back stage: what you do when you think no one is watching; prepare for front stage; recoop from front stage (shower, get dressed, eat); no one is with you. Derrida’s Quote Nothing is outside the text (Deconstructionism). There is no limit on how a text can be interpreted. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction
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Key words from Jaffe’s Vocal section - To create each character, you adjusted your rate of speech, volume, pitch  and so on.  - Quality: vocal attribute or features that create perceptions in the listeners.  Memorable vocal qualities often distinguish memorable characters. o Nasal quality: send the sounds through nasal passages o Denasal quality: nasal passages are not used to project the sound.  When you have a stopped up nose, or bad head cold. o Hoarseness quality: raspy or strained quality of voice that is typical  of heavy smokers or an overused voice (President Clintons) o Orotund quality: resonant, clear, full, or rounded, usually with a  slower rate and louder volume. o Breathy: when a lot of air is expelled while speaking. Typical of  sexual comeons. - We modify our vocal qualities for various situations: example: use nasal  qualities for whining or nagging and breathiness for our excitement. -Vocalizations: sounds such as screams or moans that wordlessly carry meanings.
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