|Module Title||RESEARCH SKILLS IN ENGLISH STUDIES (2): TACKLING TEXTUALITY|
|Co-ordinator||Professor Peter T Barry|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||10 x 1.5-hour seminars|
'The words on the page' - a checklist of interpretive procedures and strategies.
Textual 'complexes' or 'link-ups' (e.g. 'informally grouped' texts, like Coleridge's 'Conversation Poems' and `formally composite' works, like sonnet sequences or short story sequences; ekphrastic poems, in which texts are linked to specific images, etc).
'The actual presence of one text within another' (Genette) (e.g. 'allusive' texts like The Waste Land, where the allusions can be musical or pictorial as well as literary).
'The words off the page' - historicist, neo-historicist, and related approaches.
'The text as a material object', whether manuscript, holograph, transcript, typescript, page-proof, printed text, variorum text, or hypertext.
'Ambient features' (e.g. titles, chapter-titles, headings and sub-divisions, epigraphs, divisions into parts, prefaces, prologues, notes). Especially relevant here are the effects of serial publication, and differences between magazine and book versions of the same text.
'The words around the words on the page' - interviews, publicity, illustrations, reviews, letters, autobiographical data, quoted dicta, etc. The text considered as a contested and promoted cultural object within the public domain.
'The words on the words on the page' or 'When a text takes up a relation of commentary to another text' (Genette), that is, the critical and interpretive tradition, the 'archive of critique', and the (con)formative paradigm which gathers about a canonical text.
The 'non-hierarchical' versions of the same text, rather than 'drafts' and 'final versions' (e.g. 'The Ancient Mariner' with and without the 'gloss'; the 1832 and 1842 versions of 'The Lady of Shallot'; the 1879 and 1907 texts of Daisy Miller; the four versions of Owen's 'Strange Meeting', all of them 'not finished, but not private' etc).
(10) Total Textuality
Integrated strategies for 'tackling textuality'.
|Problem solving||Required at all stages, but especially in deciding how to reconcile the claims of the different kinds of textuality in a given instance.|
|Research skills||Students will need to research relevant factual data in their chosen area and then present this material judiciously but fairly in the light of their chosen interpretive emphasis.|
|Communication||Students will need to argue persuasively to demonstrate the cogency of their approach and the significance of their findings.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||This will take place throughout the module, in response to discussion, and especially between the first and second assignment.|
|Team work||This will take place in so far as the seminars will be collaborative exchanges of views, but team work will not be assessed.|
|Information Technology||Students will need to make use of on-line materials to locate data and documentation relevant to their chosen areas of special study, but this aspect will not be separately assessed.|
|Application of Number||N/A|
|Personal Development and Career planning||N/A|
|Subject Specific Skills||Evaluating the practical and theoretical implications of broad intellectual concepts.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7