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Material Textualities

Material TextualitiesFaculty in Material Textualities

This proposed area of the graduate curriculum consolidates the department's current strengths in media studies, broadly conceived. The Material Textualities concentration include a wide array of interpretive and creative approaches to the materiality of texts in multiple medias, incorporating traditional bibliography and archival skills alongside critical, theoretically informed examinations of old and new media, including the various histories of language study and writing. The area of study foregrounds language studies, writing studies, rhetoric, and composition, and also embraces intermedia modes of literary production and study (including film, music, and the visual arts), digital humanities projects, and born digital media productions. By affiliating physical and digital media under a shared umbrella, this concentration synthesizes interpretive and creative production broadly across contemporary and historical textual environments. Graduate students interested in this area will be able to work in the new DIGI lab and pursue the forthcoming Digital Humanities graduate certificate. Other intellectual support comes from the Symposium on the History and Future of the Book as well as continually growing partnerships between the department and UGA Press and the Special Collections libraries.

Course work in this area may include, but is not limited to, the following courses:

ENGL 6040 Language Use in the African American Community

ENGL 6080 Language Variation

ENGL 6190 Study of the English Language

ENGL 6826 Style: Language, Genre, Cognition

ENGL 6860 History of Rhetoric and Textuality

ENGL 6870 Rhetoric and Textual Practice

ENGL 6880 College Composition Theory and Pedagogy

ENGL (LING) 6885 Introduction to Humanities Computing

ENGL (LING) 6886 Text and Corpus Analysis

ENGL (LING) 6888 Humanities Computing I

ENGL (LING) 6889 Humanities Computing II

ENGL 6890 Bibliography and Methods of Research

ENGL 6892 Literature in the Archives

ENGL 6900 Practicum in Electronic Textuality

Exam areas in this area could include but are not limited to:

Rhetoric and Composition, Digital Humanities, English Language, and Literary Criticism and Theory.

Related Research Approaches

Theory & Criticism

Rhetoric & Composition

Digital Humanities

English Language Studies

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