The Power of Speech

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LBA028B05
Vaknaam The Power of Speech
Niveau(s) universitaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
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Uitgebreide vaknaam The Power of Speech in Ritual and Rhetoric
Leerdoelen Knowledge of theories about vocal and verbal aspects of ‘speech events’ in which interlocutors try to influence each other’s mood, mental state, actions, and behaviour, including rhetoric, magic and ritual talk; the ability to critically reflect upon these speech events and theories in written text and talk; improved control of expressive (vocal) skills.
Omschrijving In this course we approach oratory (speeches, preachings) and ritual talk (in magic, healing and exorcism rituals) as 'speech events' in which interlocutors, through their vocal and verbal behaviour, try to affect each others’ mood and mental state, influence each others’ actions and behaviour, or bring about changes in their environment.
Drawing on the insights of ethnographers and scholars of language evolution, rhetoric, magic, ritual and religious language use we study several of their manifestations and (fictional) representations from the past and the present, and their analogies in animal behaviour.
Part of the course is a workshop in vocal expression, in which you explore your own voice and learn to control its expressive features.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm schriftelijk tentamen, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. B.P. van Heusden
Docent(en) dr. F.L. Kramer
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Several chapters and articles which are available via the UB. For titles, see course syllabus.
Entreevoorwaarden Completed first year of study (propedeuse) and completed first part of the minor Culture and Cognition. Good control of English (speaking, reading and writing).
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students - semester I b verplicht
Minor Culture and Cognition 3 semester I b verplicht