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Pedagogic Criticism

Reconfiguring University English Studies

Authors: Knights, Ben

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  • - The book cross-fertilizes the study of English as a subject with the analysis of selected literary texts read as pedagogic parables 
    - Argues that the history of English Studies is embedded in its classroom practice, and its practice in its history 
    - Author is one of the leading authorities in the area of English studies and pedagogy

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This book argues that the history of English Studies is embedded in its classroom practice, and its practice in its history. Some of its foundational struggles are still being lived out today. English is characterized as a ‘boundary’ subject, active in dialogue across a number of imagined borders, especially those between academic and non-specialized readerships. While the subject discipline maintains strong pedagogic principles, many of its principles and values are obscure or even invisible to students and potential students. The book cross-fertilizes the study of English as a subject with the analysis of selected literary texts read as pedagogic parables. It concludes with a call for a return to the subject’s pedagogic roots. 

About the authors

Ben Knights is Emeritus Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Teesside University, UK, and a former director of the UK HE English Subject Centre. His research concerns the history and day-to-day practice of English and related subjects. His most recent book was Masculinities in Text and Teaching (edited) (Palgrave). 

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“Woven from a career of researching and teaching literature, this warm, wise, thought-provoking, profound, subtle and rewarding book should be read and discussed by the whole profession. The book’s quiet but assured originality lies in the braiding together of a challenging genealogy of English as a discipline, a deep understanding of the entwining of criticism and pedagogy, and an astute focus on the threads which bind our singular subject. Gently enacting in prose the production of shared meaning that occurs in teaching, Pedagogic Criticism marks a novel form of theoretical understanding that both grows from and returns to the experience of teaching and learning literature.” (Robert Eaglestone, Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)



Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-17

    Knights, Ben

  • Heroic Reading

    Pages 19-51

    Knights, Ben

  • Turning the Screw of Criticism

    Pages 53-82

    Knights, Ben

  • Imaginary Burglars: English Studies and the Hinterlands of Thought

    Pages 83-105

    Knights, Ben

  • The Hidden Aesthetic of English Teaching

    Pages 107-129

    Knights, Ben

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Hardcover $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pedagogic Criticism
Book Subtitle
Reconfiguring University English Studies
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27813-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-27813-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27812-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-67049-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 265
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