Doing English has ratings and 10 reviews. Nancy said: This little book is on my general knowledge list of recommended texts for a Masters degree in. Buy Doing English: A Guide for Literature Students (Doing Series) 2 by Robert Eaglestone (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. Doing English examines the evolution of English as a subject and questions the assumptions that lie behind approaches to literature. The author deals with the.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Doing English by Robert Eaglestone. Doing English by Robert Eaglestone. 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 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 enlish all dojng planning to ‘do English’ at advanced or degree level.
Paperbackpages. Published October 18th by Routledge first published September 23rd To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Doing Englishplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This little book is on my “general knowledge” list of recommended texts for a Masters degree in Creative Writing. It’s only pages long, and my second-hand copy has a big white sticker on the front of the book saying “1 Week Loan.
That “1 Week Loan” sticker must have been a University of Glasgow employee’s evil trick. That’s where i This little book is on my “general knowledge” list of engliwh texts for a Masters degree in Creative Writing. Snglish where it englisy from, I can see. This was no race-through. Now that I finished it, I want to delve into the texts mentioned at the end for further reading or to start this one all over again. It explores and explains much about the Undergrad degree in English I got in the 80s and it speaks directly to my prior incarnation as a high school English teacher in Los Angeles.
Turns out I wasn’t wrong to thing there was a battle being waged not just a little controversy between the teaching of English as a fixed discipline meant to divide and define people by its cultural narrative versus a much more open-minded and creative approach to the presentation of literature and lessons to be derived from it. Even as I doint that sentence I realize this stuff is absolutely fascinating to me.
If you’re yawning already, it might not be a 5-star read for you. But if you’re even a little intrigued, by all means, take a look. It’s a review of the history of the study and teaching of English as a discipline, the accepted literary canon as it exists and as it’s developing over time, englksh most importantly, of the ways “doing English” blurs the boundaries between English literature and many other academic subjects, most notably roing.
It honors the newness of a more modern approach eagleetone one that’s not easy to assess in a classroom, but no doubt dynamic and exciting to teach.
The contents seem to repeat, but it’s a sort of kaleidoscopic view of something that merits exploration from many angles and through multiple lenses. For a student intrigued by a possible study of English, I think it would be invaluable. Every page of this guidebook deserves its space. Even the end-pages of suggested further reading This englihs from David Foster Wallace is from that section: As you can probably anticipate, eglestone whole things gets very complicated and abstract and hard, eatlestone is one reason why entire college deprtments are devoted to studying and interpreting literature.
But if you can make the time, I’d highly recommend digging in for the full walnut. Jul 04, Emilia rated it really liked it Shelves: A very interesting and useful introduction to studying English. May 25, Jake rated it liked it.
Dnglish English, although very introductory, does a fantastic job of addressing some of the more fundamental questions that are doign to the peculiar subject of English: Why do we read so much Shakespeare? How do we determine a text’s canonical status?
Is there a “right” way to interpret a book? Eaglestone covers these questions and more as he hops through short chapters on all of the major enlish and underlying assumptions that those of us in literary studies often take for granted or perhaps ne Doing English, although very introductory, does a fantastic job of addressing some of the more fundamental questions that are unique to the peculiar subject of English: Eaglestone covers these questions and more as he hops through short chapters on ezglestone of the major trends and underlying assumptions that those of us in literary studies often take for granted or perhaps never even questioned ourselves.
An Introduction which I believe offers a more in depth and nuanced response to some of the more difficult “why? These terms are not bad, and if anything, Eaglestone’s brevity in theory may have more to do with the book’s general scope rather than any sort of authorial shortcomings. Regardless, anyone pursuing a more relevant understanding of literary theory should read Eagleton who covers the more abstract aspects of English history in greater detail.
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Aug 22, Mr Buchanan rated it liked it. A great first book in reflecting on the subject of English in education.
I learnt a lot even if I disagreed with quite a few of the positions taken up by Eaglestone. The author charts the genesis of English as a socializing tool, first in the colonies then back in Blighty, all with a fairly Marxist lean. He then takes the reader through the more roing school of Literature and ‘close reading’ via Leavis and Richards before ripping into it a chapter later.
Eaglestone as a Uni professor i A great first book in reflecting on the subject of English in education. Eaglestone as a Uni professor is a thinly cloaked missionary for the merits of theory and this perhaps leads him to construct rather shabby ‘straw men’ to attack. Still, if like me, you’re still a fan of the old school, it gives you a good chance to sharpen your response as you get to ‘know thy enemy’!
Later chapters on the direction of the subject of English degenerating into glorified Media Studies were convincing if worrying for teachers Culler’s Introduction to Literary Theory is an ideal follow up to this one. Dec 14, Stephanie Smith rated englizh it was amazing Shelves: I had to read this book for Introduction to English Studies at the University of Cincinnati fall semester Excellent book for the student who’s just starting to take courses applicable to the English major!
Really helped to clarify how to study English–Eaglestone stresses that different approaches to “doing Eaglwstone is welcomed and encouraged–and how to read texts, i.
Even the tips on how to anal I had to read this book for Introduction to English Studies at the University eagleetone Cincinnati fall semester Even the tips on how to analyze texts and write about them are easily understandable and doable.
Oct 30, Amanda rated it it was amazing. If you’re not sure why you should ‘do English’ or you get annoyed by the assumed pomposity englieh the whole thing, this is an informative and very entertaining approach to the subject. I’m so eenglish I read it before I started back at university; it really helped me gain a perspective, doign confirmed some of the niggling suspicions I had about ‘doing English’.
May 24, Cynthia rated it liked it. Eaglesstone good points, sometimes frustrating, useful for students who have read enough to contextualize the information.
Not so useful at the very beginning of a student’s study of literature–perhaps with a term or two under their belts or to re-read at a later date. Oct 02, Daniel Apatiga rated it really liked it. Gets you in the spirit of being an English major. It helped me with raglestone how English as a major came about.
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A great book to have read or to read whilst your studying English Lit. Really improved my skills to look at a text critically. Anna Bloor rated it it was amazing Aug 07, Rachel Wharton rated it it was amazing May 27, J Roberts rated it really liked it Feb 08, Sue rated it it was amazing Nov 14, InfinitexLibrary rated it liked it Apr 24, Bookdragon Sean rated it liked it Mar 02, John rated it really liked it May 09, Erica Takavirta rated it really liked it Dec 04, Chloe rated it did not like it Jan 08, Sarah Wightman rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Stephanie Kelley rated it liked it Mar 30, James Murphy rated it really liked it Eagledtone 15, Rosie Collier rated it really liked it Jan 14, AshaGrey rated it it was ok Feb 10, Emer rated it liked it Jan 02, Very interesting if you want to learn about the history of the English major, and why you study it.
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