ENG 4815: What Is a Text?
Fall 2018 Course Syllabus

Weekly Schedule of Readings and Exercises


Class Details

Meeting: Tuesdays & Thursdays Room: Williams 121
Time: 2:00-3.15 pm
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Instructor: David L. Gants Office: Williams 316
Telephone: 850-644-4230 (English Dept.) E-mail: dgants(at)fsu.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 09.00–10.30 or by arrangement

Course Overview

Course Description. This course is an elective for EWM majors and explores the many ways in which we create, reproduce, circulate, and interpret a “text,” a term that encompasses all manner of human expression. We will approach the subject from several different avenues: Media, how humans have used clay and wood, paper and film, and electronic representations; Reproduction, how we employ scribes, printing presses, cameras, microphones, and computers to generate multiple copies; Agency, how multiple individuals shape the creation, reproduction, and content of texts; Genre, how we employ different forms with different expectations; Apprehension, how culture, criticism, paratexts, and other interpretive forces affect reception; Translation, how texts change across languages, cultures, and media; Commerce, how the business of text works.

Course Requirements.

Primary Texts. We will use two books in this course:

In addition, we will use a number of other readings, which will be found either on-line or on our Canvas site. Please complete your reading of each resource by the beginning of the class for which it is first listed on the schedule.

Course Policies.