Facts and meanings in British Cultural Studies.

Durant, Alan (2003) Facts and meanings in British Cultural Studies. In: Studying British Cultures: an introduction. Bassnett, Susan, ed. New Accents . Routledge, pp. 20-40. ISBN 9780415323512

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Abstract

Focusing on the fundamental problem of what it means to ‘know a society’, this chapter outlines theoretical and methodological parameters for the study of British culture, bringing together work in literary studies, cultural studies, and applied linguistics. An initial contrast is drawn between two different understandings of ‘British cultural studies’: as updated ‘civilisation’ courses (described in other languages as for example 'cultura inglesa' or 'Landeskunde'); and as critical analysis undertaken in a tradition developed by scholars including Richard Hoggart, Raymond Williams, and Stuart Hall. The chapter concludes with syllabus-design proposals for courses which aim to develop critical cultural awareness as well as advanced language proficiency.

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First published: Routledge, 1997, pp.19-38. ISBN 0415164575 pbk.

Research Areas:School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
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