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ENGL2674: The Life of Texts

Literary texts are lively objects. They move not only through the hands of multiple readers and makers, but they also exist in dynamic relation to the past and the present as well as to the institutions that curate, preserve and produce knowledge about them. This unit aims to understand the interpretive and theoretical questions opened up by these complex lives. What happens to literary texts? Where do they come from? And where are they going? We examine the politics of literacy, readership and archival curation, questions of materiality and ephemerality, and the interpretive and creative possibilities opened up by the shift from print to digital forms.

Code ENGL2674
Academic unit English
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points at 1000 level in English
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the dynamic nature of texts and explain these concepts to others
  • LO2. Identify and evaluate the political and social dimensions of access to and transmission of texts
  • LO3. Generate, explain, and make effective use of, conceptual frameworks that make sense of the complex transmission of texts
  • LO4. Demonstrate advanced use of library databases and special collections