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

Jason Lawrence

Abstract

This book offers a comprehensive account of the methods and practice of learning modern languages, particularly Italian, in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. It suggests that there is a fundamental connection between these language-learning habits and the techniques for both reading and imitating Italian materials employed by a range of poets and dramatists, such as Daniel, Drummond, Marston and Shakespeare, in this period. The widespread use of bilingual parallel-text instruction manuals from the 1570s onwards, most notably those of the Italian teacher John Florio, highli ... More

Keywords: language learning, instruction manuals, John Florio, translation, Italian poetry, parallel reading, literary imitation, pastoral tragicomedies, Shakespeare, Italian reading practices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719069147
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719069147.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Lawrence, author