11 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A total waste of time - ridiculously useless,
By A Customer
This review is from: Doing English: A Guide for Students (Paperback)
Eaglestone's Doing English promises much in presenting an introduction to students embarking on University study of English language and literature, yet ultimately delivers very little. While there is an obvious realisation on the authors part form the very outset that the text will provide little more than a very rough outline to the subject, the final product goes little further than the small summaries given at the end of tghe chapter. The only piece of truly thought-provoking information comes when the student follows the guide to 'Further Reading'; this short and shallow book offers never more than a glimpse of the issues such as the history of the language, what our preconceptions of study are, and possible methods of challenging those assumptions. Critical topics such as why and how we study are glossed over in a wash of petty, obvious and vague diagrams which add nothing to the text and simply serve to remind the reader of how lacking in depth the book is...Scraping the surface with overarching arguments on issues that are actually much more complex than the author would wish them to appear is NOT the same as providing an introduction to a topic. No recommendations here; for this kind of guide in a more astute form, see The English Studies Book. Trust me, 'Doing English' in reality is much more worthwhile and fun than this book reflects.