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Critical reading and writing in the Digital Age: an introductory coursebook

Critical reading and writing in the Digital Age: an introductory coursebook

Goatly, Andrew, 1950- author; Hiradhar, Preet, author

Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age is a fully introductory, interactive textbook that explores the power relations at work in and behind the texts we encounter in our everyday lives. Using examples from numerous genres – such as fiction, poetry, advertisements and newspapers – this textbook examines the language choices a writer must make in structuring texts, representing the world and positioning the reader. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age offers guidance on how to read texts critically and how to develop effective writing skills. Extensively updated, key features of the second edition include: a radically revised and repackaged section that highlights the theme of discourses of power and authority and the new possibilities for resisting them; a revamped analysis of the art of communication which has changed due to the advent of new media including Facebook and Wikipedia; fresh examples, exercises and case studies including fan fiction, articles from the BBC, Daily Mail and South China Morning Post, and a selection of international ads for a variety of products; a brand new companion website at featuring projects, quizzes and activities for each chapter, a glossary and further reading. Written by two experienced teachers, Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age is an ideal coursebook for students of English language

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Second edition.
Published London: Routledge, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Andrew Goatly and Preet Hiradhar
ISBN: 1315616726, 9780415842617, 9781315616728
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Previous edition: 2000.
Physical Description: xiv, 333 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Literary form.; English language; Critical thinking.; Academic writing.; Literature History and criticism Theory, etc.; Authors and readers.; English language Rhetoric.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Introduction
  2. Section A: Critical Linguistics--reading meanings off the text
  3. Unit 1. Genre and the organisation of text
  4. Unit 2 Text and conceptual meaning
  5. Unit 3 text and interpersonal meaning
  6. Section B: Critical Discourse: reading meanings into the text
  7. Unit 4 Interpreting discourse
  8. Unit 5 Reading and writing positions
  9. Unit 6 Intertextuality
  10. Section C: The authority and power behind discourse and resisting it
  11. Unit 7 Ads, consumer capitalism and the crisis of inequality
  12. Unit 8 News, institutional power and the crisis of democracy
  13. Unit 9 Environmental discourse, poetry and the ecological crisis
  14. Unit 10 The power of fiction and comedy