The English Studies Book is uniquely designed to support students and teachers working across the full range of language, literature and culture. Combining the functions of study guide, critical dictionary and text anthology, it has rapidly established itself as a core text on a wide variety of degree programs nationally and internationally. This new edition takes full account of current changes in the subject while maintaining the authority, accessibility and flexibility so valued by users of the first edition. Revised and updated throughout, features include:
a new prologue addressing changes and challenges in English Studies today
substantial entries on over 100 key critical and theoretical terms, from 'absence' and 'author' to 'text' and 'versification' - with new entries on 'creative writing', 'travel writing' and 'translation'
practical introductions to all the major theoretical approaches, with new sections on Aesthetics, Ethics, Ecology and Sexuality
a rich anthology of literary and related texts from Anglo-Saxon to Afro-Caribbean, with fresh selections representing the sonnet, haiku, slave narratives and science fiction, and with additional texts by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charles Darwin, Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Amy Tan and others
handy frameworks and checklists for close reading, research, essay writing and other textual activities, including use of the Internet