The Language and Communication Research Cluster is pleased to announce its upcoming whole-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 symposium seeks to ask what ‘close reading’ is like now, how it is exercised in education at different levels and how it might differ from or resemble ‘codes’ of reading.
The symposium will include presentations from academics as well as teachers in secondary education.
When? 9 am- 7 pm, Tuesday 13th June 2017
Where? Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, London, NW4 4BT
The day will also include the launch of the undergraduate magazine Mesh and of the volume Critical Humanist Perspectives: The Integrational Turn in Philosophy of Language and Communication, edited by Adrian Pablé (Routledge, 2017).
More information and a full day schedule to follow.