English Through Literature
ACTIVITY 1 What we mean by ‘literature’
The following five lectures will focus on the
differences between literary language and non-
Five excerpts related to London are collected, and
detailed comparisons are to be made.
We will find that the descriptions of the same object
vary with genres.
The purpose of intensive reading and comparison is
to make sure the distinctions between literary
language and non-literary language.
Text Analysis (1)
Excerpt 1: Facts and Figures of London
London, population 6,770,000. Capital city
of England and the United Kingdom,
situated on the River Thames in Southeast
England. Includes within its boundaries the
City of London, the sight of the original
medieval city and present-day financial and
business center; the City of Westminster,
the administrative center which contains the
House of Parliament,Buckingham Palace
And government department; and the West
End, the main shopping and entertainment
area around Oxford Street, Regent Street,
Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
London is a leading cultural center, with
many theatres, museums, galleries, concert
halls, opera houses, churches and cathedrals.
Products include food and drink (especially
brewing), instrument engineering, electrical
and electronic engineering, clothing,
furniture and printing.
How many people are there in London?
Where is London situated?
What are the major parts of London?
Why is London considered as a leading
cultural center of England?
What are the main products of London?
Brief answers to the
There are 6,770,000 people in London.
It is located in the Southeast England.
The major parts include The City of London, the
City of Westminster, and the West End.
Because it possesses many well-known theatres,
museums, galleries, concert halls, opera
houses,churches and cathedrals.
The main products include food and drink,
What is the purpose of writing?
What is the lexical feature of this excerpt?
How is this excerpt structured?
For whom is it written?
What is it’s style like?
What is the genre of this excerpt?
Brief answers to the questions:
It is written to introduce London generally in a
Most words adopted are nouns, proper nouns and
noun phrases, for the purpose of offering accurate
facts and figures.
The structure is well-generated, systematic,
coherent and informative. It is suitable to depict
all cities on earth by replacing some specific
proper nouns and figures.
It is written for the public.
It is a matter-of-fact description, with an
impersonal narrative tone, an overall body
of information, and a coherent and formal
It is an excerpt from an encyclopaedia.