Language in History: Theories and Texts [NOOK Book]

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In Language in History, Tony Crowley provides the analytical tools for answering such questions as: What are the relations between language and class? How has language been used to construct nationality? Using a radical re-reading of Saussure and Bakhtin, he demonstrates, in four case studies, the ways in which language has been used to construct social and cultural identity in Britain and Ireland. Examples include the ways in which language was employed to construct a bourgeois public sphere in ...
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Language in History: Theories and Texts

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Overview

In Language in History, Tony Crowley provides the analytical tools for answering such questions as: What are the relations between language and class? How has language been used to construct nationality? Using a radical re-reading of Saussure and Bakhtin, he demonstrates, in four case studies, the ways in which language has been used to construct social and cultural identity in Britain and Ireland. Examples include the ways in which language was employed to construct a bourgeois public sphere in eighteenth-century England, and the manner in which language is still being used in contemporary Ireland to articulate national and political aspirations. By bringing together linguistic and critical theory with historical and political consciousness, Tony Crowley provides a new agenda for the study of language in history. In particular he draws attention to the fact that this field has always been firmly rooted in a deeply political context. And he demonstrates how that context has directed the study of language in history. Language in History represents a major contribution to the field and is an essential text for anyone interested in critical and cultural theory; it also provides an important contextualisation of many debates which have influenced literary studies.
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A contribution to reading biological, political, and emotional meaning into the human body, with examples from the description of witches in medieval Europe, modern interpretations and exhibitions of Iron-Age people found in bogs, and pornography and the gospel of avoidance. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134908219
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Series: Politics of Language
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Language in history 1
1 For and against Saussure 6
2 For and against Bakhtin 30
3 Wars of words: The roles of language in eighteenth-century Britain 54
4 Forging the nation: Language and cultural nationalism in nineteenth-century Ireland 99
5 Science and silence: Language, class, and nation in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain 147
6 Conclusion: Back to the past, or on to the future? Language in history 189
Notes 200
Select bibliography 202
Index 212
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