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ERIC Number: EJ894029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
"Curriculum", "National", "English"...? A Critical Exploration of Key Terms with Some Seriously Playful Alternatives
Pope, Rob
English in Australia, v43 n3 p29-34 2008
This opens with a critical and historical exploration of the terms that make up the phrase "English National Curriculum", breaking them down to build them up differently. This prompts a critique of the nominally singular subject "English" that stresses its plurality ("Englishes") and introduces the concept "Englishing" to highlight its ongoing dynamism as a reflexive verbal practice. The conclusion is organised round five prefixes and a suffix: multi-, inter-, trans-, co-, re- and -ing. These, it is argued, combined with a variety of stems and roots, point the ways forward for a subject that is always one and many, a series of open processes as well as more or less achieved products. The emphasis throughout is upon actual readers, as potential (re)writers, responding creatively as well as critically, in and on their own terms. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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