This volume attempts to marry theoretical perspectives and empirical insights from applied linguistics with those from literature teaching and culture. The ten papers represent viewpoints from a global perspective.
Part I examines the point of departure, the different routes as well as the destination towards creating linguistic, literary and cultural awareness through the use, and not the abuse, of the 'authentic' source of knowledge, literature.
Part II discusses the potential benefits literature offers second/foreign language instruction. Papers examing theoretical and empirical findings, while regarding literature as the written linguistic manifestation of authors' cultures.
Part III evaluates different approaches to the teaching of English literature taking into account the linguistic and cultural barriers, referring to the findings, of case studies. Difficulties encountered when teaching literature in English to ESL students are defined and approaches to overcome expected barriers are suggested.