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Introduction: English and Literacy

Introduction: English and literacy

In this chapter we attempt to define what we mean by the subject ‘English’. Oddly enough, we have set ourselves a difficult task; if you think that what constitutes ‘English’ is obvious, straightforward, uncontested or incontestable, then be prepared for a shock.

What we aim to do is to provide you with an intellectually consistent, ...

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