CMNS 304W Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Semiotics, Deixis, Dialectic

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Q1. What is the language of everyday life?
Q2. How does communication play a part in making people certain about things that by their nature
cannot be known with certainty (e.g., climate change, the Big Bang, the origin of the term twerking)?
Q3. Why is Q1 ambiguous, and Q2 specific?
A. Today we are going to look at some of the logistics of the course, commence our experiential
pedagogy of epistemic frameworks for situating quotidian deictic expressions and hermeneutic
paradigms within the dialectic of structure and agency in everyday discourses.
B. Today I am going to talk about some stuff and you will do some exercises.
C. Today we will review the syllabus, I will introduce a key course concept, and we will practice
ways to find contradictory or hidden meanings in texts.
…The goal of this thesis is to investigate the production of female subjectivities in the university by
exploring emergent modes of feminist resistance within and against the neoliberalization of the
Canadian academy. Against this backdrop my thesis examines and theorizes three pairs of contrasting
female subjectivities within the neoliberal academy: the professionalized female academic versus the
feminist academic; the entrepreneurial female student versus the indebted student; and the self-
securitized woman versus the autonomous woman. Through the investigation of the resistant
subjectivities in each of these couplets, I argue that it is integral for feminist movements on campus to
combine a critique of patriarchy with a critique of the neoliberal university.
Keywords: Neoliberalism; subjectivities; Canadian universities; feminist resistance; critical
discourse analysis; corporatization
This version of CMNS 304W
Writing-intensive process:
o Research
o Planning
o Drafting
o Editing
Personal point of view
Two tracks:
o Academic
o Practical
Review
Semantics: the study of meaning
Denotative Connotative (e.g. Pat chews on pencils.)
o Deeper connotative (Why Pat chews on pencils?)
Deeper connotative (Why are you telling me that Pat chews on pencils?)
Semiotics: Signifier (sign or symbol)/Signified (what it means)
o The logic of signs
If sign A = sign B and sign B = sign C, then sign A = sign C
Content (What?)
Process (How?)
How do we do X?
How do we communicate about X?
Effect (Why?)
Outcomes/Artifacts
Relationships
Emotions
Intentions
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