Thinking through writing
Writing is a thinking habit. Wording thoughts in written form affords insight and structure, and it allows you to communicate clearly. Thinking through Writing is an advanced qualitative-method module aimed at enhancing the ability of students to analyse interdisciplinary texts and reproduce features of the texts’ constitutive registers in their own writing.
Historically, styles of writing and genres are associated with different mindsets and disciplinary bodies of knowledge. Yet, more than any other genre in the history of written communication, the art of manifesto making captures and exemplifies the nature of interdisciplinary thinking. Manifestos mix elements of different registers – the critical, the performative, the metaphorical, the utopian, etc, into powerful new syntheses of purpose and action. By engaging with a sample of manifestos, students will learn to recognise, cultivate, and switch between disciplinary mindsets, thus improving their capacity to read and reproduce registers across written texts.
Dr James Everest
All sessions of this module will be delivered in-person. The second session of the week will be a seminar.
1. Individual Manifesto.
A manifesto on a problem of interest to the student. The manifesto will be completed over a five-week period in the second half of term. Various iterations will receive feedback, and the final version will be submitted at the end of term.
2. Individual Essay.
An essay on a problem of interest to the student chosen from a list of essay questions drawn by the Module Leader on topics of study from course material and discussion.