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Friday, September 14, 2012

The Next Three Days in Seventh Semester

The lecturer explained the class the steps of researching literature J

I.                    Research Major Components
a.       What to research : knowledge of the topic
·         Genre of literature: poetry, prose, drama
·         Literary concept/theories: new criticism (e.g. close reading), reader response criticism, structuralism, deconstruction, new historicism, feminism, post-colonial
II.                  The Basic of Research
a.       What research is
·         A systematic attempt to answer questions using data (this explains why research questions are important)
·         Research as patterns hunting
·         Doing research as doing detective work
b.      Questions as a pivotal point
·         Questions determine what data to collect and how to collect them
·         Questions determine research approaches
III.                What of Literature Possible Areas to Explore?
·         Texts as focus
·         Authors as focus
·         Readers as focus
·         Contexts as focus: literary periods, contextual background of literary creation, context of literature writing, context of literature reading
·         Interactions as focus: between readers and texts, between readers and a writer (i.e. persona), between a writer and readers (i.e. implied readers)

IV.                Borrowing Ideas from Brock University: Types of Theses
a.       QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGNS (e.g. survey, experimental, quasi-experimental and co-relational)
b.      QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGNS  (e.g. action research, biography, interpretative, ethnography, grounded theory, case study)
c.       CONCEPTUAL RESEARCH DESIGNS (e.g. deconstruction, historical analysis, “gender performativity”, “misrepresentations” of . .)
V.                  Taking A Step Back To Move Forward
a.       Demystifation of research
b.      Using research categories to create research space (e.g. empirical-descriptive survey, interpretive-ethnography, critical-emancipatory)
c.       Which way to go: going deep or going wide
VI.                Tools and Competences Needed
a.       Subject-specific knowledge base (e.g. genres of literature, literary theories, literary concepts)
b.      Procedural knowledge of research (e.g. how to design methodology sound studies, sound and distensible analytical procedures including how to do content analysis)
VII.              Essential Questions to Guide You
a.       What questions do you want to get answered?
b.      What data do you need to collect?
c.       How can you collect the data you need?
d.      How are you going to analyze the data so that your questions are answered?
e.      What are likely results of the analysis?

a.       Don’t be naïve when you collect the data
b.      Do not afraid of a long text. Because it can be push down the possibility of lack of data
c.       “Good writing disturbs”

Answer “Essential Questions to Guide You” section!

The lecturer explained the history of drama J

I.                    Cultural Dimensions: English Drama
a.       Language
·         Pre-Elizabethan
·         Post Elizabethan
b.      Social Relations
·         High class vs low class
·         Middle class
c.       Power relations

II.                  World Drama
a.       Asian Drama
·         Chinese
·         India
·         Japanese
·         Indonesia
b.      African Drama
c.       Post-colonial drama
·         Hispanic
·         Black American
·         Feminist

“Power tends to corrupt; Absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Lord Acton

Make a group presentation of Asian drama J

This is the first meeting. So the lecturer just gave an introduction of the course. The fun thing is he showed the class some of previous project of television advertisements. One of them is below J

The Adweek Copywriting Handbook – Joseph Sugarman

We discussed two chapters very fast. I didn’t even can take a note. Well, I just drew this Celce-Murcia chart :p

Chapter report #1

Same as copywriting, this is also the first meeting of this course. The lecturer just gave us introduction and explained the syllabus J
Baker, M . (2010). Critical Readings in Translation Studies. Routledge

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