15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module examines discourse as a rhetorical practice; that is, it studies how we use, and can be manipulated by, language. Genre is taken to be the organising principle of language-in-use. The first half of the module combines theory with practice in discourse and genre analysis, examining major models and approaches, such as conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, discourse texture, and in particular the discourse modes of narrative and argument. In the second half students do an in-depth study of a selected genre, which may be either literary or non-literary.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK