FASS629 Textual Practice

Module description

This session will offer an overview of approaches important for thinking about the reading of written texts. Drawing on literary formalism and critical theory, the session will be aimed at non-literature students who work with written texts. Time will be spent on both theoretical approaches (such as formalism, structuralism and poststructuralism), critical issues (such as the relationship between author, text and reader; intertextuality; figures and tropes; metaphor; and voice) and practical exercises. Time will be spent on close attention to written texts and the practices of reading different kinds of texts (pamphlets, scientific writing, letters, etc.)

Aims and objectives

  • Introducing a range of key formalist, structuralist and poststructuralist approaches to the interpretation of written texts.
  • Discussion of a selection of theoretical extracts to develop students' knowledge of and critical engagement with specific approaches to textual analysis.
  • Through practical exercises to develop awareness of the issues involved in interpreting and analysing written texts.
  • To develop students close reading and analytical skills.

Reading list

Course participants will be provided with a set of extracts in advance of the seminar and at the seminar students will receive an indicative reading list.

Timing and Location




to be confirmed

Number of sessions:

1 x 3 hour session

Timing and Location:

to be confirmed


Additional information

Minimum quota: 6

Maximum quota: 25