|| PGM0410 |
|| WAYS OF READING |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Ms Moira M Vincentelli |
|| Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters) |
|| Professor Christopher S P Harding, Katharine E Wright, Dr Damian Walford Davies, Ms Elin H G Jones, Mrs Jan Davies, Dr Richard G Coopey, Dr Daniel G J Chandler, Dr William G Slocombe, Dr Jennifer G Mathers, Ms Moira M Vincentelli |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 20 Hours. |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| 3500 word essay. Assessment linked to students own research, possibly consisting of a particular form of textual analysis, or a discussion of the theoretical basis of a specific approach to the interpretation and analysis of verbal and / or visual texts.||100%|
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
Show an awareness of interdisciplinary perspectives on textual interpretation and analysis
Apply different approaches to discourse and/or textual analysis
Engage with different kinds of texts
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical basis of particular 'ways of reading'
This module is designed for research students in the Faculty of Arts and for AHRB remit students within the Faculty of Social Sciences. It will provide research training in the analysis of texts defined in the broadest sense to include written and printed materials, visual images, arts works, dramatic performances, photography, video, film, and computer-generated images. The module has been designed to develop the students capacity for critical reading.
This module will present a series of separate sessions each dealing with a different way of reading and approach to the interpretation and analysis of texts and types of discourse. The format will vary but will typically involve a presentation of the chosen approach, followed by discussion. The module as a whole is underpinned by two assumptions: 1) that contemporary social life may be regarded as increasingly textually-mediated and that we live in a world of 'signs' whose meanings have to be 'read' 2) it is valuable for research students in the humanities to become familiar with a variety of such signifying processes and with alternative ways of 'reading' them. As far as is possible, the content of each session will be geared to the research interests of those participating in the module, and students are encouraged to contribute their own experience of different ways of reading as appropriate.
The module covers the following topics:
The broad intellectual context: the linguistic turn and its impact on the humanities
The reading of visual images
Texts and translation
Historians ways of reading
Lawyers ways of reading
This module is at CQFW Level 7