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Sub-group A:
The Semiotic Landscape of Hong Kong (Professor Adam Jaworski)

Mondays, 09:30 - 11:20, CRT-7.45

In this course we will explore how linguistic and other semiotic resources displayed on signs, public notices, advertisements, posters, billboards, menus, and other types of publically displayed texts create a sense of place that is Hong Kong. Students will have prior knowledge of broader sociolinguistic and discourse analytic literatures. The course will have three key components: reading, data collection, and writing. In the first month, we will read and hold student-led discussions of a wide range of theoretical and empirical studies pertaining to the study of linguistic/semiotic landscapes. In the second month, the students will conduct their own literature searches, plan their research projects and collect their data. In the third month, students will work on drafts of their projects and make in-class presentations.

 

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Sub-group B:
Nineteenth-Century Journeys: from Trollope to Gissing (Professor Julia Kuehn)

Wednesdays, 12:30 - 14:20, CPD-1.43

In this capstone course, we will be reading nineteenth-century travel writing, with selections taken from Fanny Trollope’s Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832), Charles Dickens’s American Notes (1842) and Pictures from Italy (1846), Thackeray’s Paris Sketchbook (1840) and Elizabeth Gaskell’s French Life (1864), Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey (1877) and his American travel writing, as well George Gissing’s By the Ionian Sea (1901). Our dual focus is on travelling to the ‘New World’, and in the steps of the European Grand Tour (France and Italy).

We will read these non-fictional pieces for their historical embeddedness – this was, after all the time of slavery and its abolition, the Reform Act and the growing British Empire – but also for their literariness.

Ideally, students enrolling in this course will already have taken courses in nineteenth-century literature and culture and/ or travel writing. The course is student-run and we will have individual presentations and a final writing output written in stages. Students should expect to read between 50-100 pages each week. A course reader in PDF format will be provided from the middle of August.

 

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Last updated: 13 July 2018