Say Yes to the Text: The Mechanics of Teaching Close-Reading

Professor David Kazanjian, English

Tuesday, November 26 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Bronwyn Wallace, CTL Graduate Fellow, English

Location: Fisher-Bennett Hall 330

Summary: As the signal method of our discipline, ‘close-reading’ might entail not only a method or a skill, but an ethics – a means of relating to texts and to each other. This workshop asks, what are we teaching when we teach ‘close-reading’? By what methods do we encourage students to create productive relationships with the texts they read? How do we organize our classrooms as environments amenable to close-reading, and how do we structure our teaching – from in-class work to assignment-design – to develop and reinforce the skills associated with it?
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the English department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward CTL Teaching Certificate.