College Of Arts And Sciences | What is the Feeling Behind The Text?
E103 | 0077 | Volkova, B.


This course serves to introduce students to the fundamentals of
meaningful reading, semiotics, linguistics and communication theory.
We shall look at texts from the point of view of underlying feelings
and implied human values, as well as cultural conditioning (male,
racist, nationalist biases). We shall find out what is the author
telling us about him/herself often without meaning to.

We shall analyze passages from contemporary popular as well as less
popular literature and later include some theoretical readings on
semantics. Assignments will be exercises in analyses of short
passages from novels, poems, newspapers, Bible, etc. Each student
will present two short analyses and two short essays on selected
topics.