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Who the Devil Taught Thee So Much Italian?Italian Language Learning and Literary Imitation in Early Modern England$
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Jason Lawrence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069147

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069147.001.0001

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Conclusion: Seventeenth-century language learning

Conclusion: Seventeenth-century language learning

(p.177) Conclusion: Seventeenth-century language learning
Who the Devil Taught Thee So Much Italian?

Jason Lawrence

Manchester University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on Italian language learning in England during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It highlights the significant contributions of John Florio and Giovanni Torriano in the teaching and learning of the Italian language in England. This chapter also analyses the works of John Milton and suggests that he is the last significant example in seventeenth-century England of a student learning the Italian language primarily to benefit from the wealth of its literary heritage, rather than for the more practical and increasingly popular motives of travel and trade.

Keywords:   Italian language leaning, England, John Florio, Giovanni Torriano, John Milton, literary heritage

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