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EMC CPD Online: Texts and Contexts – A Lecture

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£25 per place
90 minutes

Contextual knowledge is a thorny issue in English in schools, with essays being swamped with crude, and often not very relevant, historical context. This lecture by Professor Peter Barry will ask ‘How can we keep context in context?’ Using worked examples, it will explore contextual awareness of different kinds, considering how they either enhance or restrict the close reading of texts, and it will suggest some principles on which on which a useful notion of contextual relevance might be based.

The lecture, intended to enhance teachers' subject knowledge, will be introduced by Barbara Bleiman. It will be followed by a Q&A, again mediated by Barbara.

Online, via Zoom. Details of how to join will be sent before the session.

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Professor Peter Barry

Peter Barry was brought up in Liverpool in the 1950s, and in the 60s he studied at Upholland College (a Catholic seminary), and King’s College London, then at London University’s Institute of United States Studies in the 70s.  Apart from student jobs as a temporary postman, barman, shelf-stacker, and freezer-man in a frozen-food factory, the only work he has ever done is teaching English in schools, colleges, and universities. He has been at Aberystwyth University since 1995 and is now Emeritus Professor of English. His best-known book is Beginning Theory (4th edition, 2017) which has been translated into Korean, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Greek, Japanese, and Chinese (plus pirates). His book Literature in Contexts came out in 2007.

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Course Date:
07 Mar 2024
Start Time:
Bookings Close:
8.00AM on 05 Mar 2024