Textual Conversations - Skills

Textual Conversation' is a metaphor for texts sharing a relationship made up of themes, ideas, intertextuality and context. This “textual conversation” is facilitated by the very direct relationship between the texts.

Textual Conversations:

Resonances – something from an earlier text referenced in more recent works. – Similarities.

Dissonances – An absence of agreement between two things. – Differences.

A comparative study of texts – usually time apart and this takes the form of:
Then draw conclusions

What you can achieve:

This is how texts can reveal resonances and dissonances between and within texts. Here you will learn ways that a reimagining or reframing of an aspect of a text might mirror, align or collide with the details of another text.

You can also explore common or disparate issues, values, assumptions or perspectives and how these are depicted. By comparing two texts you will understand how composers (authors, poets, playwrights, directors, designers and so on) are influenced by other texts, contexts and values, and how this shapes meaning. 

Here you will identify, interpret, analyse and evaluate the textual features, conventions, contexts, values and purpose of two prescribed texts. You will consider how the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of both texts has been enhanced through the comparative study and how the personal, social, cultural and historical contextual knowledge that they bring to the texts influences their perspectives and shapes their own compositions. 

By working imaginatively, interpretively and critically you can explore and evaluate individual and common textual features, concepts and values. They further develop skills in analysing the ways that various language concepts, for example motif, allusion and intertextuality, connect and distinguish texts and how innovating with language concepts, form and style can shape new meaning.

You can then develop appropriate analytical and evaluative language required to compose informed, cohesive responses using appropriate terminology, grammar, syntax and structure. By composing critical and creative texts in a range of modes and media, and develop the confidence, skills and appreciation to express a considered personal perspective.”