TOPICS IN LIT. 2: THE SUBJECT OF READING
2014/2015, Semester 2
University Scholars Programme (University Scholars Programme)
Modular Credits: 4
Where does meaning come from? Some people think that it resides in the text; some suggest that it originates from the author; others argue that meaning is created by the reader. This module examines the possibilities and problems of the last answer. To what extent does the reader of a text determine its meaning? Is there a universal, objective reader, or are readers historically specific, biased and always "subjects"? If a reader constructs the text, can the text in turn construct the reader? We will think about these questions by operating on several levels: (1) by discussing literature and films that thematise reading; (2) by assessing how thinkers have debated the reader's role; and (3) by examining our own processes of reading.
Not applicable to USP First-Tier modules. USP Advanced modules (Course-Based Modules / USP Advanced Multidisciplinary Seminars) may state general pre-requisite skills/knowledge. Pre-requisites should not make reference to NUS modules.
Not applicable to USP modules.
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