The module is designed to lead to a deeper understanding of what is involved in close reading and how it contributes to the holistic appreciation of meaning and significance in a diverse range of texts. Seminars will be organised in two parts, with the shorter first part more topic-focussed and tutor-led, while the second part will be text-focussed and student-led. The emphasis is on students actively doing the close reading. The module will address itself principally to the topic: How to read a text closely. Each week, students will be introduced in a two-hour seminar to an unseen text, which they will be asked to explicate.