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Shakespeare and the Origins of English

Neil Rhodes


This book is about what there was before the subject known as English existed, and about how that became English. The first half of the book deals principally with English as an academic discipline that emerges out of the study of rhetoric, while the second half is more concerned with the development of a national body of literature in the vernacular. The book is focused specifically on Shakespeare’s role in the origins of the subject, and discusses the kinds of literary and educational practice that would have formed his experience and shaped his work. It traces the origins of English in the ... More

Keywords: rhetoric, vernacular, educational practice, creative writing, media studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245727
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Rhodes, author
Professor of English Literature and Cultural History at the University of St Andrews
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