Literature in the Digital Age: from Close Reading to Distant Reading
University of Basel
  • Start Date: 23 Apr, 2018
  • 6 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Learn new ways of interpreting literary texts, from time-tested methods to computer-assisted practices such as distant reading.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Introduction

Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

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As we make sense of what we read, we construe meaning using the cultural technique of interpretation. Only rarely do we actually reflect this process: what are the means that help us understand literary texts? How does interpretation work? And how has our increasing use of electronic devices changed the way we read and interpret literature?


This free online course addresses these questions as it introduces you to a variety of ways of interpreting literary texts. We will look into time-tested methods such as close reading and will also address more recent practices such as computer-based distant reading.


This course is for people from all walks of life who enjoy reading literature and would like to know how literary scholars interpret texts in the digital age.


If you are a student looking for an introduction to literary analysis, ‘Literature in the Digital Age’ will help you find it.


The only requirement is that you like to read and love to reflect your experience and discuss it with others.


Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

University of Basel

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years.

As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from Switzerland and the entire world, offering them outstanding studying conditions as they work towards their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degrees. Today, the University of Basel has around 13,000 students from over a hundred nations, including 2,700 PhD students.

The University of Basel has seven faculties covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. At the same time, the University has positioned itself amidst the international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Scientists, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies. In international rankings, the University of Basel is regularly placed among the 100 top universities in the world thanks to its research achievements.

The University of Basel has deep roots in the economically powerful and culturally rich Basel region. The University also works closely with domestic and international partners to make relevant contributions to the advancement of the sciences and society. This also means that the University of Basel pays particular attention to aspects of sustainability, equal opportunity and knowledge transfer.

 

This institution is available on eLearnAfrica through partnership with FutureLearn.

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