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BART 12A06 - Art of Storyteller (The)

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This art workshop aims at discovering Chinese ancient thought, essential to understand China today, through the practice of storytelling : the art of giving your version of a chosen story. Techniques will be introduced progressively for students to be able to tell long stories without notes and to recognize and use storytelling as a tool to convince.


GERMAIN, Domitille (Lecturer)

Pedagogical format

At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) Master storytelling techniques ; 2°) Be able to tell a story ; 3°) Develop an appreciation of the role of stories in persuasion.

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments: 1°) Acquire all basic storytelling techniques ; 2°) Final performance : telling one existing story in the student's unique style ; 3°) Create a new story, using improvisation techniques.

Required reading

Chuang-tzu, the seven inner chapters and other writings – GRAHAM Angus – Allen & Unwin - 1981

Additional required reading

  • Morphology of the folktake - Propp Vladimir – Publications of the American Folklore Society
  • The oxford handbook of classical Chinese literature. 2017