Insignificance

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Tuesday 26  March 2019

6pm lecture followed by refreshments

The Stripe, King Alfred Quarter, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

 

Meaning doesn’t take place in intention but in interpretation. Yet every interpretation is a misinterpretation. Meaning is performed through its own failures to mean, its gaps and blocks. But these contradictions and inconsistencies are not necessarily unproductive. There’s significance in the seemingly insignificant.

The complexities of such Modernist artists as Joyce and Picasso prompted critics to develop strategies of reading to chart their works’ subtextual structures. Today we might apply such counter-intuitive strategies to very different texts: from news reports of invasions of migrant species of squirrel through to the provocative tweets of Donald Trump. Indeed, in the early years of the twenty-first century, social media platforms host cohorts of citizen scrutineers who have appropriated these deconstructive strategies as vital tools in the defence of democracy.

 

Alec Charles is Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester. He has worked as a print and broadcast journalist and taught at universities in Cornwall, Japan, Estonia, Luton, Chester and Hull. He has contributed to numerous books and journals including Utopian Studies, Science Fiction Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, Journal of Popular Television, British Politics, British Journalism Review, Journalism Education and The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies. He is co-convenor of the Political Studies Association’s Media & Politics Group, co-editor of The End of Journalism, editor of Media in the Enlarged Europe, Media/Democracy: A Comparative Study and The End of Journalism 2, and author of Interactivity, Interactivity 2, Out of Time, Political Animals and Underwords.

 

You are most welcome to stay on after the lecture and share some refreshments.

Parking is available in the Dytche car park at King Alfred Quarter.

Free to attend.  

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