EGH317 : Researching Readers

Convener(s): Dr Sara Whiteley


General Information

This module is centrally concerned with how data from real readers can be used in text analysis. You will be introduced to some of the qualitative methods which can be used to investigate real readers’ responses to texts, including empirical tasks, questionnaires, discussion groups and internet resources. We will consider how this data can contribute to key questions in literary linguistics, such as: how does characterisation work? how do readers interpret narrative voices? how do patterns in poetry affect our interpretation? how does literary language influence our emotions? This module has a practical focus, so in class you will be involved in testing and evaluating various data collection methods and exploring your own and other people’s responses to texts. For your assessment you will conduct a small-scale investigation of reader responses to a text of your choice. Upon completing the module, you will have an understanding of how to design, conduct and reflect upon your own stylistic investigation of real readers.


Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study


1,500 word stylistic analysis and research proposal 2,500 word research report

Contact Details

0114 222 8498

Information last changed: Tuesday 21st of March 2017 :: 11:43:03 AM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK