1st Edition

Studying English
A Guide for Literature Students

ISBN 9780415837262
Published November 18, 2015 by Routledge
182 Pages

USD $28.95

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Book Description

Clearly focussed on the needs of students, Robert Eaglestone and Jonathan Beecher Field have revised the best-selling Doing English specifically for English literature courses in America.

Studying English presents the ideas and debates that shape literary studies in America today. This overview of the discipline explains not only what students need to know, but how and why English came to be the way it is. This uniquely comprehensive guide to the subject gives students the background they need to understand and enjoy their studies more fully.

The book covers arguments about criticism and theory, value, the canon, Shakespeare, authorial intention, figural language, narrative, writing, identity, politics and the skills that are learned from studying English for the world of work.

In a clear and engaging way, Robert Eaglestone and Jonathan Beecher Field:

  • Orient you, by exploring what it is to study English in America now.
  • Equip you, by explaining the key ideas and trends in English in context.
  • Enable you to begin higher level study.

Table of Contents


List of figures

A Note for Students

Chapter 1 Studying English

Chapter 2 Where did English come from?

Chapter 3 Studying English Today

Chapter 4 English and ‘disciplinary consciousness’

Chapter 5 Critical attitudes

Chapter 6 Literature, value and the canon

Chapter 7 Castle Shakespeare

Chapter 8 The author is dead?

Chapter 9 Metaphors and figures of speech

Chapter 10 Narrative and closure

Chapter 11 Creative writing and critical rewriting

Chapter 12 English, identity and politics

Chapter 13 Why study English?


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Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Jonathan Beecher Field is Associate Professor of English at Clemson University, USA.


'Designed to help the student "think like a critic," Eaglestone and Field's splendid new book Studying English will also help them enjoy the process. Students--and their professors--should celebrate the arrival of a book that will make their lives easier, more efficient, and more productive.' Geoffrey Harpham, Professor of English, Tulane University, USA