Reading List for the course Critical Literacy and Interaction



Unit 1: Communication as departing point: humans as social beings, sharing and negotiation of meaning and identity
  • Neuliep, J.W. (2009). Intercultural Communication. A Contextual approach. SAGE Publications Human Communication (pages: 8 -13)
  • Fiske, J. (1990). Introduction to Communication Studies. Routledge: London and New York: Chapter 1. Communication Theory (pages 6-23)


Unit 2: Spinning webs of meaning, language and social reality
  • The meaning of meaning of I.A. Richards (extract from a previous edition of A first look at Communication Theory) (pages 57 – 67)
  • Tietze. S., Cohen. L ., & Musson. G. (2003). Understanding organizations through language. SAGE Publications: Chapter 1: Spinning webs of meaning: Language and social reality (pages 7-16) & Chapter 2: A semiological Approach to meaning making (pages 17 – 31)


Unit 3: Making sense of the world and its codes: the meaning of literacy


Unit 4: The blooming of the inquisitive mind: taking a critical stance


Unit 5: Constructing reality through discourse
  • Leeuwen, van T. (2005). Introducing social semiotics. Routledge: Chapter 5 Discourse (pages 93 -116)


Unit 6: Ideologies, social identities & the reproduction of these in society
  • Fiske, J. (1990). Introduction to Communication Studies. Routledge: London and New York: Chapter 9. Ideology and meanings (pages 164-190)
  • NON-MANDATORY (this is an additional article that deals with the relationship between ideologies, social groups in society and discourse): Ideology and discourse, a multidisciplinary introduction (van Dijk, 2004)


Unit 7: Devices that generate meaning, construct reality and shape identities 1: Metaphors
  • Kövecses. Z. (2002). Metaphor. A practical introduction. Oxford University Press: Chapter 1. What is Metaphor? (pages 3 -12)
  • Zhang, J. (2007). Beyond anti-terrorism: Metaphors as message strategy of post-September- 11 U.S. public diplomacy. In: Public Relations Review. (pages.31-39): Beyond Anti-terrorism metaphors


Unit 8: Devices that generate meaning, construct reality and shape identities 2: Storytelling
  • Tietze. S., Cohen. L ., & Musson. G. (2003). Understanding organizations through language. SAGE Publications: Chapter 4: Understanding organizations through stories and narratives (pages 49 -70)
  • Lawler. S. (2008). Identity: sociological perspectives : Chapter 1 Introduction: Identity as a question (pages 1-9) & Chapter 2 Stories, memories, identities (pages 10-30)


Unit 9: Critical literacy in the 21st century 1: Media literacy and Framing
  • Walkosz. B.J., Jolls. T. & Sund. M. (2008). Global/Local: Media Literacy for the global village (2 -20)
  • Kitzinger. J. (2008) Frame and Frame analysis (pages: 385 – 412)


Unit 10: Critical literacy in the 21st century 2: Political literacy: how to see through the political rhetoric
  • Charters-Black. J (2005). Politicians and Rhetoric. The persuasive power of metaphor. Palgrave Macmillian : Chapter 1: Persuasion, Legitimacy and Leadership ( pages 1-31)
  • Plus readings assigned for Units 5, 6, 7 and 8


Unit 11: Expression of the self and diversity: Voicing and dialogue of voices
  • Integration of all the above assigned literature


Unit 12: Reflection on the course
  • Integration of all the above assigned literature



Other resources:

A collection of critical questions:
The anatomy of discourse and social practices: