English Pasts, English Futures

  • Ronald Carter


What follows here offers a personal response to some general features of the landscape for ‘Futures for English’, outlining some wide-ranging thoughts on issues that chapters in the rest of the book then focus on in more specific detail. The discussion centres mainly on the implications for English futures of the fragmented and to some degree contested nature of ‘English’, something that always seems to mean that we impress inverted commas on the word whenever it is employed in this kind of context.


Text Type English Study Political Involvement Centripetal Force Creative Writing 
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