English In Practice

Overview

This book examines the practice of studying English, and the theory underlying that practice. Peter Barry examines 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 ...

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Overview

This book examines the practice of studying English, and the theory underlying that practice. Peter Barry examines 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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"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, Stanford University (Emeritus)

"I cannot imagine a better way for a student of English to start his or her studies than by reading English in Practice."—Jeremy Hawthorn, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340808863
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/31/2003
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Barry has taught English at every level - in primary and secondary schools, in further and higher education colleges, and at universities. He was at the former LSU College, Southampton, from 1980 to 1995, and moved in that year to his present post at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has been co-editor of English (the jourbanal of the English association) since 1988, and reviews and poetry editor since 1995, and he is also an advisory member of the executive of the association. His previous books include Contemporary British Poetry and the City (Manchester University Press, 2000), and the academic best-seller Beginning Theory (2nd edition Manchester University Press, 2002). He also co-edits the Beginnings series for MUP.

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