Etymology and the invention of English in early modern literature (#0535US9)

by Crawforth, Hannah Jane

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Hardcover Cambridge University Press, 2013
Price: USD 108.00
Description: xi, 218 pages ; 24 cm
Dewey: 820.9; Int Lvl: AD


 


Overview
From Follett

Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-210) and index.;Introduction: Etymology in early modern literature -- Etymology and estrangement in the poems of Edmund Spenser -- Etymology and textual time in the masques of Ben Jonson -- Etymology and place in Donne's sermons -- Etymology and the ends of idealism in Milton's prose -- Conclusion: A world in a word. "Hannah Crawforth shows how early modern writers were acutely attuned to the religious and political implications of the etymology of English words. She argues that these lexically astute writers actively engaged with the lexicographers, Anglo-Saxonists and etymologists who were carrying out a national project to recover, or invent, the origins of English, at a time when the question of a national vernacular was inseparable from that of national identity"--Dust jacket.

From the Publisher
How did authors such as Jonson, Spenser, Donne and Milton think about the past lives of the words they used? Hannah Crawforth shows how early modern writers were acutely attuned to the religious and political implications of the etymology of English words. She argues that these lexically astute writers actively engaged with the lexicographers, Anglo-Saxonists and etymologists who were carrying out a national project to recover, or invent, the origins of English, at a time when the question of a national vernacular was inseparable from that of national identity. English words are deployed to particular effect - as a polemical weapon, allegorical device, coded form of communication, type of historical allusion or political tool. Drawing together early modern literature and linguistics, Crawforth argues that the history of English as it was studied in the period radically underpins the writing of its greatest poets.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: November 7, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: 820.9
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: xi, 218 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBN-10: 1-10704-176-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-10704-176-9
  • LCCN: 2013-018455
  • Follett Number: 0535US9
  • Interest Level: AD

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