Close Reading Analysis: Workshop

Tuesday 22nd of June

9.30am - 12pm

Dr Miles Beard, Tallinn University in Estonia

Dr Miles Beard is a postdoctoral teaching and research fellow at Tallinn University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Strathclyde in 2020 and has also completed Masters degrees in Literature, Culture, and Place and Creative Writing. With a research background in authorship, critical theory, and literary culture, he is currently researching a creative/critical novel supported by an award from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.

About this Session

Close reading is often taken for granted as a technique that simply is or is not being employed as a means of telling an audience how a work is being contextualised or interpreted. However, such analysis can greatly vary in effectiveness and scope when it is applied to research. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills at conducting close readings as well as to consider the potential uses of it for their own research. Analysing both unseen texts from a variety of sources as well as from their own research subjects, this workshop will offer space and guidance to develop new theoretical material in a supportive environment where detailed feedback will be provided.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants will have actively engaged in both practicing their own skills at conducting close reading analyses of unseen texts as well used such skills to enhance their own doctoral research.

Who might be interested?

This workshop will be of interest to doctoral researchers in any arts and humanities subject so long as they are engaged - or intend to engage - in textual analysis. It will likely be of particular interest to those in English, Philosophy, History, or Creative Writing. It is also suitable to those at the later stages of thesis drafting if they would like to receive detailed feedback.

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First published: 26 May 2021