Analysis and text interpretation

Discourse analysis and interpretation

A discipline "Discourse analysis and interpretation" is for first-year students (2 semester) of a master’s program. It is aimed at providing and improving the practical knowledge of the main issues of text linguistics. New skills and knowledge acquisition in this branch of linguistics is inseparable from better understanding of the main characteristic features of the English language and expansion of humanitarian outlook. The discipline “Discourse analysis and interpretation” is studied for 108 hours (3 credit units), including classroom work – 30/20 hours; independent work – 42 hours. It equals 2 ECTS.

Content of the course

  1. Text Elements: Plot pattern (exposition, complication, climax, resolution), Conflict (sources of conflict), Characters (protagonist, antagonist) Setting, Point of view, Theme, Style;
  2. Text Interpretation: Planning Literary Analysis: Formulating Thesis, The Difference between Summarizing and Analyzing, Introduction, the Body Paragraphs, Conclusion;
  3. Quotations and Documentation: Quoting and Documenting Sources, Techniques for Incorporating;
  4. Character Analysis: Types of Characters, Fictional Characters and Their Traits, the Structure of Character Analysis;
  5. Theme Analysis: Explanation of Theme, the Structure of Theme Analysis;
  6. Setting Analysis and Its Importance, Probability, Atmosphere, Character, Theme, Focusing on Setting, the Structure of Setting Analysis;
  7. Analysis of Point of View: First Person Participant Point of View, Types of Third Person Point of View, the Structure of Point of View Analysis;
  8. Imagery Analysis: Imagery and Atmosphere or Mood, Imagery and Emotion, Imagery and Character, Imagery and Theme, the Structure of Imagery Analysis;
  9. Structural Analysis: Structure in Fiction and Drama, Structural Analysis Plan;
  10. Tone Analysis: The Importance of Tone, Word Choice and Tone, Analyzing Tone, Recognizing Irony, Functions of Tone, the Structure of Tone Analysis, Аn Extended Literary Analysis.

Materials providing knowledge control

Knowledge control is exercised the form of an examination and presupposes text interpretation  (the length of the text – 5-6 pp.) with the use of one of the types of analysis, namely: Character Analysis; Theme Analysis; Setting Analysis; Point of View Analysis; Imagery Analysis; Structural Analysis; Tone Analysis.

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