The English Studies Book

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Change and Challenge Today

Crossing borders, establishing boundaries
Texts in contexts, literature and history
Seeing through theory
Technologizing the subject: actual and virtual communities
English Literature and Creative Writing
English still spells EFL, ESL, ESP, EAP
The shaping of things to come ...

Part One: Introduction to English Studies

1.1 Which 'Englishes?'
1.2 One English language, literature, culture - or many?
1.3 Summary: one and many
1.4 Activities, reading
1.5 How studied?
1.6 Summary: pasts, presents and futures
1.7 Activities, discussion, reading
1.8 Fields of Study
1.9 Summary: keeping on course and making your own way

Part Two: Theoretical Positions and Practical Approaches:

2.1 Getting some initial bearings
2.2 Theory in practice - a working model
2.3 Practical Criticism and (old) New Criticism
2.4 Formalism into Functionalism
2.5 Psychological approaches
2.6 Marxism, Cultural Materialism and New Historicism
2.7 Feminism, Gender and Sexuality
2.8 Poststructuralism and Postmodernism
2.9 Postcolonialism and multiculturalism
2.10 Towards a new eclecticism: Ethics, Aesthetics, Ecology ...?

Part Three: Common Topics:

Absence and presence, gaps and silences, centres and margins
Accent and dialect
Addresser, address, addressee
Aesthetics and pleasure, art and beauty
Author and authority
Auto/biography and travel writing: self and other
Bibles, holy books and myths
Canon and classic
Character and characterisation
Comedy and tragedy, carnival and the absurd
Creative writing, creativity and re-creation
Difference and similarity, preference and revaluation
Drama and theatre, film and TV
Foreground, background and point of view
Genre and kinds of text
Image, imagery and imagination
Narrative in story and history: novel, news and film
Poetry and wordplay
Realism and representation: fiction, fact, faction and metafiction
Speech and conversation, monologue and dialogue
Standards and standardisation, varieties and variation
Subject and agent, role and identity
Text, context and intertextuality
Translation and translation studies
Versification: rhythm, metre and rhyme
Writing and reading, response and re-writing
Your own modifications and additions

Part Four: Textual Activities and Learning Strategies:

4.1 Overview of textual activities
4.2 Frameworks and checklists for close reading
4.3 Writing and research from essays to the Internet
4.4 Alternative modes of critical and creative writing

Part Five: Anthology of Sample Texts:

5.1 Poetry, song and performance
5.2 Prose fiction, life-writing and news
5.3 Drama - scripts and transcripts, monologue and dialogue
5.4 Intertextual clusters.

Part Six: Glossary of Grammatical and Linguistic Terms.


A) Maps of Britain, the USA and the World
B) A chronology of English language, literature, culture, communication and media
C) English and or as other educational subjects
D) An alphabet of speech sounds

Relevant journals and useful addresses

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