Class Text and Discourse Analysis Methods

  • Presentation


    This curricular unit aims to motivate a questioning of the different linguistic, textual and discursive plans that frame and regulate communicative phenomena.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. Critical diachrony of the concepts of discourse and text

    a) The "duty of speech" in "primitive" societies

    b) Human discourse as a construction of/against power

    c) Introduction to rhetoric

    d) The crisis of oral societies and the spread of written culture

    e) The transition from mythical structures to the discursive structures of Western culture

    f) What is a "text"?

    g) What relationships the text establishes with the world

    2. Meaning, representation and interpretation

    3. The new forms of text

    a) The materialities of communication and the "enformations" of the text

    b) Writing as a technique

    c) Ways of reading

    4. The hermeneutic relationship with texts

    5. The subject and the question of the author

    a) Subject of interpretation/subject

    b) History of the status of author

    c) Textual marks of the author

    d) The disappearance of the author

    6. The use of writing and changes in understanding the world

    7. Modes of communication and discursive interaction in social relations

  • Objectives


    To systematise the problems raised by writing, discourse and texts, in their communicative function, and to shed light on the different devices and instruments, their effects on humans and on the modalities of writing and reading. To give students the ability to reflect on authors, their works and their own discourse.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Theoretical-practical classes. Always starting from questions, formulating debate and then conceptualising, theorising. Supported by audiovisual materials and site-specific exercises.

  • References


    BARTHES, Roland. (1989). «A Morte do Autor», «Da Obra ao Texto» in O Rumor da Língua, Lisboa: Ed. 70, pp. 47-84.¿

    FOUCAULT, Michel. (1992). O que é um Autor?. Lisboa: Vega.

    FOUCAULT, Michel. (1997). A Ordem do Discurso. Lisboa: Relógio d’Água.

    RICOEUR, Paul. Do Texto à Acção: Ensaios de Hermenêutica II. Porto: Rés.

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