Dr. Andrea Gerbig teaches English linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). She completed her Ph.D. at Universität Trier. Her main research interest is in applications of corpus linguistics to issues of intercultural pragmatics and the potential of interdisciplinary work at the junction of linguistics, cultural studies and literature. She has published books and articles on corpus-assisted analyses of texts on politics and on the environment.2006 0-7734-5627-9
In this timely collection, an international group of linguists, literary scholars and cultural historians addresses crucial issues facing educators in the field of English today. What is the value of the discipline? Which skills can we impart to students? How can we better use our field’s resources? For the authors and editors, interdisciplinarity helps to answer these questions, but only when approached self-critically and applied with methodological rigor. Joined by that shared concern, these essays – ranging from Shakespearean drama to South African fiction, from cultural materialism to stylistics – run the gamut of academic discourses and methodologies, offering practical suggestions for a process of rejuvenating English Studies.