The Language & Communication research cluster warmly invites you the one-day symposium on ‘Close reading, codes and interpretation’
In some reckonings, ‘close reading’ is now around 90 years old, having been inaugurated in I. A. Richards’ Principles of Literary Criticism (1926) and Practical Criticism (1929). The close reading of texts has become arguably the central activity of the humanities and close reading is carried out across different levels of education and through a number of disciplines. As its practitioners recognize, procedures of close reading can become ossified into routine practices of code identification rather than active interpretation.
This day symposium seeks to ask what ‘close reading’ is like now, how it is exercised in education in different contexts and how it might differ from or resemble ‘codes’ of reading. It features papers by teachers in Higher Education, Further Education and Secondary Education, including: Barbara Bleiman (English and Media Centre) Billy Clark (Middlesex University) Paul Cobley (Middlesex University) Marcello Giovanelli and Jess Mason (University of Nottingham) Jon Orman (University of Hong Kong) Adrian Pablé (University of Hong Kong) Stefan Peto (Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys) Johan Siebers (Middlesex University) Cost: £10 flat fee (includes lunch and refreshments). Registration opens soon. For further details in the meantime, please email Billy Clark email@example.com or Paul Cobley firstname.lastname@example.org