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.
Table of Contents
Contents List of illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Who is this book for? What is it for? How to use this book Part 1: How we read 1. Where did English come from? 2. Doing English today 3. English and 'the right answer' 4. Critical Attitudes Part II: What we read 5. Literature, value and the canon 6. Doing Shakespeare Part III: Reading and meaning 7. The author is dead? 8. Metaphors and figures of speech 9. Narrative and Closure Part IV: English Studies? 10. English, national identity and cultural heritage 11. English, literature and politics 12. Interdisciplinary English Conclusion Further Reading Index
Robert Eaglestone is Lecturer in English at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Series Editor of Routledge Critical Thinkers.