Close Reading

by Tanja Tuulikki Välisalo last modified Sep 02, 2016 05:03 PM


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In the humanities, qualitative research is often based on interpretation of the phenomenon through detailed analysis. Close reading is a broad category of interpretative explorations, which enable a researcher to carry out a detailed analysis of phenomena. Conceptually, close reading refers to analysis of words and interpretation of texts. However, researchers can apply close reading to various other phenomena, such as media texts, pictures and environments. Various discipline-specific methods may approach close reading in their analysis practices.

Read more on close reading from the links below:

Kain, Patricia, 1998. How to Do a Close Reading. Writing Center at Harvard University.

Johnson, Roy, 2004. What is Close Reading? Mantex.

McClennen, Sophia A., 2001. How to Do a Close Reading. Dr. McClennen´s Close Reading Guide. The Pennsylvania State University.