101 week 6 session 2

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101 week 6 session 2

  1. 1. English 101<br />Visual Texts, Linguistic Landscape<br />
  2. 2. Bonus Point Reminder<br />http://www.yournormalfilmfest.com/<br />
  3. 3. Agenda<br />Talking about Street Art and Political Cartoons: Discussion of “Writing lines: Blurring the boundaries between visual and written genres by Karolina Kess”<br />Searching for political cartoons<br />Introduction to Linguistic Landscape Project (Project # 3)<br />
  4. 4. Cartoons and Street Art<br />
  5. 5. Blurring boundaries between visual and written genres<br />Why does Karoline like to use the genre of political cartoons to convey her views?<br />Who is the audience for political cartoons?<br />What’s NCLB?<br />How can you tell what a good political cartoon is? What are some of the conventions she used to create her cartoon?<br />Kristina says that the process of creating a political cartoon is similar to creating a text. How can visual and written genres can do the same work in different ways?<br />
  6. 6. Linguistic Landscape<br />Linguistic Landscape researchers look at different types of texts used in public space and examine educational, political, cultural and social meanings they create for different community members. In this project, you are asked that you get acquainted with your campus and surrounding town/city first. For this, you will work in groups to identify, examine and take stands on controversial issues that directly impact you, your campus or Bloomington-Normal community as a whole. You may specifically look at the street art, post signs and murals displayed on the city and around the campus. As a result of various class activities on exploring the language used in the community, each group will create a visual text that integrate substantive researchto make their arguments. Depending on the permit issues, your final products can be displayed in the Bloomington-Normal community. <br />
  7. 7. Linguistic landscape and disciplines<br />EMERGES FROM:<br />Anthropology<br />Ecology<br />Literacy Research<br />Sociology<br />Sociolinguistics<br />Psycholinguistics <br />
  8. 8. A sociocultural approach to public language<br />Linguistic landscape carries socio-symbolic importance as society’s markers and emblems.<br />Shaped by the by-passers—interpreted by countless of people.<br />Carries ideological practices, creates images of the world<br />Cities as texts<br />Interrogate social inequalities and work toward greater equality<br />Features: communicative function, placement, size, design, language style. <br />
  9. 9. Visual texts as a genre: Elements of Linguistic Landscape<br />Graffiti<br />Pamphlets<br />Public Road Signs<br />Advertising<br />Billboards<br />WHO PRODUCED THEM? WHERE WERE THEY SET UP? WHAT WERE THEIR FUNCTIONS? WHO READ THIS?<br />
  10. 10. Street Art: Bansky<br />Who is Bansky?<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuhO-gf0NRU&feature=related<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e0IJSOq0xg<br />
  11. 11. Finding Visual Texts: Compare and contrast how the features of different visual genres shape content in different ways.<br />Find two kinds of visual genre that represent a social/political point of view. This could be a street art, mural, graffiti, street sign or a billboard. After you locate two visual texts, conduct a genre analysis of them in your groups. Some of the guiding questions for your reflection are:<br />****What are the features of this genre?; Who do you think produced the? What is the social context, surrounding of the text is like? How do the features of this particular genre work to shape the genre’s content, style, and structure through visual, conceptual, stylistic constraints? What are some of the range of identifiers when you think of e.g. graffiti as a genre? What is the function of this visual text? Who do you think is supposed to read this? Who is the audience for this type of genre? Compare and contrast how the features of different genres shape content (and knowledge-making) in different ways.<br />
  12. 12. Homework<br />Read and blog on: “Reading visual texts: A Bullet for your arsenal” by Susana Rodrigez in Grassroot Journal <br />

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