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ERIC Number: ED073498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 12
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Devices for Deviling Classes in Theatre History.
Bryan, George B.
In addition to the use of the lecture-discussion method of teaching theatre history, the author contends that this approach can be augmented by the process of "deviling" (adding spice to) the learning situation. At the University of Vermont, theatre history courses have been taught with a variety of deviling exercises, which include: (1) performance contracting, which is applied to research papers; (2) historical reconstruction, whereby the student is given a copy of an old playbill and assigned the task, through library research, of answering questions concerning the production, historical background, and/or personalities; (3) biography, whereby with similar material, the student focuses his investigation on an historically known actor, his performances, career, and style; (4) investigations of parodies of legitimate plays to determine the original sources and situations; and (5) textual verification, to verify with primary sources the accuracies of statements made in certain theatrical textbooks. (Author/RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)