ENGL 345: Modern Drama
Presentations can be a coherent whole, involving all members of the group, but it can also be more free-form–with each member taking responsibility for his or her own mini-presentation.
If you are presenting as a group, it may be a good idea to have a sort of prologue and epilogue (the time these take will not count towards your 5 minutes per person).
Some ideas for presentations:
Presentation of a piece of criticism about the play. You could tell the class about either a scholarly article about the play, or about a well-thought-out review of a performance of the play. For this option, do not simply summarize what the critic wrote (this tends to be boring): explain what the critic’s argument is in your own words, outline how this perspective changes your view of the play, or how it contrasts with my interpretation in lecture, etc…
Interpretations of a scene, either analytical or performative
Psychological profile of a character
Comparisons between two (or more) different members’ interpretations of the same scene
A reading of a play through the theoretical lens offered by one of the theorists we’re reading (not necessarily the theorist/playwright pair on the syllabus–e.g. you could read Ibsen with Judith Butler, even though they’re not together on the syllabus).
Drawings or ideas for a mise-en-scene for the play (or costumes, or music, or lighting, etc)–if you use visuals, send me your images as JPEGs or as a PPT presentation by the morning of the day of your presentation
Interpretation of the theorist we read that week (instead of the playwright)
Reading of the play (or part of it) through a critical-theory lens (e.g. feminist, queer, postcolonial, psycho-analytic, Marxist, deconstructionist, etc)