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ENGS6-13 Option: Workshop in Close Reading 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
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Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
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  • ENGS6 Option I
    Participation in course work
DP in English Language, Literature and Translation
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies

General description

Close reading is a practice of reading literature in a way that allows one, as the name implies, to get closer to the text under analysis. This entails care and attention not only to WHAT a text is saying, but also to HOW the text says it and how one responds as the reader. In close reading, several factors (content, form, interpretation) are combined and put under scrutiny in order to produce readings of literature that transcend first impressions and instead seek to know and learn more about the text at hand.

In this option, we will first look into the tradition and practice of close reading as it has been understood in the history of literary criticism, and we will also consider its role in the advancement of literary theory in the 20th century. (This course is not highly theoretical, but it offers a good foundation for further courses in literary theory and methodology.)

After the background has been provided, the students will work in teams for the rest of the course and carry out a project assignment in close reading. The objective is to be able to work together, with defined tasks for each, choose a text for analysis, identify its vital factors, and negotiate how to present the results to the class. Assessment will be based on one's participation in the project assignment as a whole.

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Jarkko Toikkanen, Teacher responsible


13-Jan-2015 – 5-May-2015
Tue 13-Jan-2015 - 5-May-2015 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031

Further information

Recommended as a first literature option.