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This seminar is more than an exploration of William Shakespeare's sonnets--it is also a personal journey to awaken the dormant power of the human voice. Drawing on Professor Linklater's experience as a student, teacher, actor and director, "The Shakespearean Sonnet and the Modern Voice" details her innovative approach to "speaking" Shakespeare.
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This seminar is divided into four modules, each with sections intended to expand on key ideas, concepts and activities. The modules include"Exercises" designed to engage you not only in the process of freeing Shakespeare's voice, but also your own. In two of the "Exercises" you are asked to "record" your own rendering of two Shakespearean texts--a passage from Henry V and a sonnet from our "Sonnet Archive." These visits to the "Sonnet Recital Room" will prove to be enjoyable and educational. Professor Linklater's exercises are complemented by glimpses into her acting workshop in which fourteen graduate students at Columbia University's theatre division participated.
Occasionally, Kristin Linklater also speaks a Shakespearean text herself. Throughout the course, "Exercises," "Kristin's Class Time" and "Kristin Talks the Text" are accesssible by clicking the appropriate icon. Various animated activities htat appear in separate sections of the course further enhance the experience.
Columbia Interactive Seminars have discussion board tools so you can respond to questions posed by the faculty member and your peers throughout the seminar experience. You can view your responses and those of your classmates by clicking "View Postings in the Course Forum" or by going to the section of the course called "Forums" (in the right navigation). A graduate student selected by Kristin Linklater and Linklater herself will participate in the discussion over the period that the seminar is available. Furthermore, Linklater and her graduate student will critique a student's two submissions to the Sonnet Recital Room.
"The Shakespearean Sonnet and the Modern Voice" is completely self-contained: there are no additional required materials.
About Kristin Linklater:
Professor Kristin Linklater trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was the Master Teacher of Voice at NYU from 1965 to 1977 while also working with the Open Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company, Stratford, Ontario, the Guthrie Theatre and Broadway shows. She was cofounder of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1977. She is a 1981 Guggenheim Fellow, lecturer, writer and actor, playing the title role in King Lear, produced by The Company of Women, her all-women Shakespeare company codirected with Carol Gilligan. She is the author of Freeing the Natural Voice (1976) and Freeing Shakespeares Voice (1992). She taught at Emerson College, Boston, 1991 to 1997. She has been awarded the ATHE and NETC Career Achievement Awards.
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