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TRA2520 Textual Analysis and Readings: Home

Course Description

The course aims to teach students how to analyze the contents, stylistic features, and pragmatics of different text types. It also expands the scope of students’ general knowledge through reading a wide variety of texts. Special attention is given to the development of logical, analytical and critical thinking skills.

Recommended Books

Translation and Conflict: A Narrative Account

This book provides an interesting view on the relationship between translation and conflict from the perspective of narrative theory. While Chapter 1 gives an overview of the connotations of translation, conflict, and narrative, Chapter 2 introduces what the definition of narrative is. Chapter 3 displays four types of narratives based on Somers’ and Gibson’s works. Chapter 4 & 5 explain how narratives function. Chapter 6 draws on Goffman’s notion of frame and the key strategies translators and interpreters uses to speak their own voices in narratives. Chapter 7 discusses the feasibility of analyzing individual narratives. The author stresses that translation is part of the process of social and political developments.

Cohesion in English

This book studies intersentential coherence and its interaction with sentence structure. “Cohesive relations are relations between two or more elements in a text that are independent of the structure…… A semantic relation of this kind may be set up either within a sentence of between sentences; with the consequence that, when it crosses a sentence boundary, it has the effect of making the two sentences cohere with one another”. This book covers the concept of cohesion, reference, substitution, ellipsis, conjunction, lexical cohesion, the meaning of cohesion, the analysis of cohesion, etc.

Multimodal Discourse: The Modes and Media of Contemporary Communication

This book offers a theoretical framework for the study of communication in the modern world of multimedia. This book gives an overview of the development of communication and discourse and show how this development is influenced by overall changes in society and social life. It then introduces four different levels of communication that contribute meaning, the concepts of multimodality, stratal configurations, experiential meaning potential, and provenance, the notion of discourse, the concept of design, the notion of production, and the concept of distribution. Kress and Leeuwen also suggest further research topics in this book.

Discourse in Action: Introducing Mediated Discourse Analysis

This book introduces the framework of mediated discourse analysis, an approach to move discourse analysis beyond the analysis of texts to consider questions about the actions people take with them, as well as with other cultural tools, and the social consequences these actions have. Resonated with Scollon, Norris and Jones identify the ultimate aim of mediated discourse analysis as to understand the potential of our own everyday actions to create positive social change. This book begins by introducing the basic unit of analysis of mediated discourse analysis, discusses the mediational means, social practices, site of engagement, and the question of agency.

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