English in Practice: In Pursuit of English Studies

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What is English? Peter Barry's book examines the practice of studying English, and the theory underlying that practice. He indicates how almost everything but the name of the discipline has changed during its short lifetime. He explores the core activities involved in "doing" English today, and looks well beyond the close reading of texts. He guides the reader through some of the most contested issues in the subject and surveys areas that have newly come under the banner of "English."
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Students will find Barry's style clear, honest and informative.  - Times Higher Education Supplement

I cannot imagine a better way for a student of English to start his or her studies than by reading English in Practice. The best thing about Peter Barry's book is that issues of fundamental importance are introduced by means of detailed examples, so that the student reader never need feel lost or out of his or her depth. But at the same time it is a book that forces the reader to think rather than merely to absorb facts and opinions. Lecturers who prescribe this book will surely find that they spend less time introducing basic issues and more time continuing and deepening an exploration that Barry has initiated so effectively. This is a book that will charge a student's intellectual batteries - and probably re-charge those of his or her lecturers.  - Jeremy Hawthorn, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

The great strength of Peter Barry's English in Practice is its rare combination of common sense and personal, even idiosyncratic judgement as to the value of studying English. - Marjorie Perloff, Sadie Dernham Patek Professor Emirtus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340808856
  • Publisher: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Barry is Professor of English at Aberystwyth University, UK. He is author of Literature in Contexts (2007) and Reading Poetry (2012).

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Table of Contents

Part One: Studying English: Introduction: the value and appeal of English;
Reading the Lines;
Reading Between the Lines;
Reading Beyond the Lines;
New Genres in English;
English as Language;
English and Creative Writing;
The Essay; Part 2: Progressing in English:
Literary Criticism and Literary Theory;
Text as Text;
English and History;
English then and now;
Online and digital English;
The Dissertation;
Continuing your English to Masters Level

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