Doing English: A Guide for Literature Students

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 163 pages
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Aimed at students in the final year of secondary education or beginning degrees, this readable book provides the ideal introduction to studying English literature. Doing English:



  • explains what 'doing English' really means

  • introduces current ideas about literature, contexts and interpretations

  • bridges the gap between 'traditional' and 'theoretical' approaches to literature, showing why English has had to change and what those changes mean for students of the subject.

Doing English deals with the exciting new ideas and contentious debates that make up English today, covering a broad range of issues from the history of literary studies and the canon to Shakespeare, politics and the future of English. The second edition has been revised throughout and includes a new chapter on narrative. Robert Eaglestone's refreshingly clear explanations and advice make this volume essential reading for all those planning to 'do English' at advanced or degree level.

  

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User Review  - Daniel Apatiga - Goodreads

Gets you in the spirit of being an English major. It helped me with understanding how English as a major came about. Read full review

Review: Doing English

User Review  - Goodreads

Gets you in the spirit of being an English major. It helped me with understanding how English as a major came about. Read full review

Contents

Where did English come from?
7
Doing English today
17
English and the right answer
27
Critical attitudes
37
Literature value and the canon
47
Doing Shakespeare
59
The author is dead?
75
Metaphors and figures of speech
87
Narrative and closure
97
English national identity and cultural heritage
107
English literature and politics
117
Interdisciplinary English
125
Conclusion the importance of English
135
Further reading
141
Index
157
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About the author (2002)

Robert Eaglestone is Lecturer in English at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Series Editor of Routledge Critical Thinkers.

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