Eng 2602 Study Guide Essay

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© 2013 University of South Africa All rights reserved Printed and published by the University of South Africa Muckleneuk, Pretoria ENG2602/1/2014–2017 70061653 InDesign HSY_Style Contents Introduction STUDY UNIT 1: Critically reading a text and writing about it v 1 STUDY UNIT 2: Prose 7 STUDY UNIT 3: Persuasive texts 18 STUDY UNIT 4: Poetry 31 STUDY UNIT 5: Drama 59 STUDY UNIT 6: Conversational analysis – ‘real life’ dialogue 75 Conclusion 87 ENG2602/1/2014–2017iii iv Introduction David Levey and Clifford Ndlangamandla In this module we focus on the fascinating area of how ‘language’ contributes to any writing, whether this is ‘literature’ or another kind of text. We are sure that you will enjoy this exercise. Thus, when we read a piece of writing, whether it is a book, a poem, an advertisement for soap, a newspaper, or a blog on the Internet, we are concerned with questions such as: 1. ‘What genre is this text?’ This helps the reader to become aware of appropriate ways of reading it. She should read a poem differently from an advertisement, or a drama, or a study guide, such as this one. 2. ‘What is its purpose?’ No piece of writing is ever neutral: amongst other purposes (such as the writer’s desire to express herself, to explore something in writing) it is always intended to place the reader in a particular position and create a specific response. Think about this for a moment. 3. ‘How is this purpose being achieved?’ What kinds of language features (or linguistic devices) is the writer using to address, influence, entertain, challenge, inform, even manipulate, the reader? Let’s put this in official terminology: what are the outcomes of this module? What do we expect? Below we have italicised some of the more important points and

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