Rene J Boullet
Study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
Texts possess meaning and readers extract that meaning from them. This process of extraction is called interpretation. This seems simple and obvious enough. However, contemporary literary and cultural theory challenges this straightforward notion. All texts, whether they are a work of art, an advertisement, scientific study, literary work, or voter poll exist in relation to other texts as well as varying systems and discourses. The systems, discourses, traditions, and codes of other texts are crucial to the meaning of other texts. Texts do not exist independently. Rather, they are intertextual. The act of reading texts launches us into a network of textual relations. To discover a textís meaning, to interpret it, is to trace these relations. Reading then becomes an active process moving between and through complex relations of texts and textual networks.
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