Aimed at students in the final year of secondary education, on Access courses or beginning degrees, this immensely readable book provides the ideal introduction to studying English. It will:* orient you, by explaining what you are doing when you are studying literature* equip you, by explaining key current ideas about English and literature* help you to bridge the gap from secondary to higher education, by showing how and why English is changing and by introducing the study of literary theory. Doing English examines the evolution of English as a subject and questions the assumptions that lie behind approaches to literature. The author deals with the exciting new ideas and contentious debates that make up English today, covering a range of issues from critical approaches to value, the canon and Shakespeare, to cultural heritage and national identity and on to the future of English. This volume is an essential purchase for all those planning to 'do' English.