Taking shape Ann Luzeckyj
A process of - layering of knowledge Introduction to critical ideas Understanding theories behind ideas Developing an understanding of the “literatures” Choosing the appropriate tools It begins to take shape (but learning and confusion continue)
Defining Shape - When is a text? The question ‘when is a text’ immediately suggests an engagement with that which is deemed to be ‘not-text’, or that which is defined as outside or other to text at any given point. For example, many of the discussions about the constitution of the text take up conceptual questions of the relations between text and context or between text and commentary. (Lee 2005)
Building your corpus Supervisors / experts Data collection Interviews Focus groups etc Bibliographies
And what shape… • Should it take? • Can it take? • Will it take? • And how much of this is in our control?
The processes involved in shaping the text? • Fraud paranoia • Reading depression • Never-ending story delirium • Motion sickness • Been there, done that illness • Pre-emptive strike syndrome (Fleming 2006)
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