Shakespeare and the Origins of English

Shakespeare and the Origins of English

by Neil Rhodes
     
 

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What did Shakespeare learn at school? Did he study creative writing? This book addresses these and similar questions as the author shows where the modern subject of "English" came from, and what part Shakespeare played in its formation. By looking at the origins of English we gain a new perspective on the subject as it is practiced today.

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What did Shakespeare learn at school? Did he study creative writing? This book addresses these and similar questions as the author shows where the modern subject of "English" came from, and what part Shakespeare played in its formation. By looking at the origins of English we gain a new perspective on the subject as it is practiced today.

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"Rhodes shows convincingly that Shakespeare's literary achievement is most often based on his consistent breaking of accepted Renaissance rules for writing. Rhodes' comments on the neoclassic writers' response to Shakespeare are also very illuminating.... Rhodes offers much to engage the attention."—Choice

"This is a lively, readable, and thought-provoking book."—Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199235933
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/10/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Neil Rhodes is Professor of English Literature and Cultural History at the University of St Andrews.

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