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Critical reading and writing: an introductory coursebook

Critical reading and writing: an introductory coursebook

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

This textbook uses many examples from the texts encountered in everyday life to enable students to discover the power relations involved in reading and writing texts, and to make the linguistic choices to achieve their writing purposes

Paperback, Book. English.
Second edition.
Published London: Routledge, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Andrew Goatly and Preet Hiradhar
ISBN: 041584262X, 9780415842624
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 368 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Emergent Readers.; Literature.; Literary form.; Authors and readers.; Literature History and criticism Theory, etc.; Critical thinking.; English language Rhetoric.; Academic writing.


  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

Author note

Andrew Goatlyhas taught English Language and Linguistics in colleges and universities in the UK, Rwanda, Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong and is currently an Honorary Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He is the author of The Language of Metaphors(Routledge, 1997).

Preet Hiradhar is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.