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SSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The Humanities

3 Credits

Writing intensive course devoted to the questions: What does the term 'narrative' mean, why does it matter to culture and knowledge, and what do we do when we tell stories? Students will read and write about myths, stories and historical accounts, and study classical and contemporary theories of meaning, language, communication and authorship. Supplementary material will be drawn from work in poetics, linguistics, history, psychology, media and social science. The role of narration in film, music and the visual arts will also be considered.