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

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Manchester University Press, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 224 pages
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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 is the first study to suggest 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 the same period.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements page viii
1
A stranger borne To be indenized with us and made
62
Shakespeares Italian
118
Seventeenthcentury language learning
177
Bibliography
202
Index
219
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Jason Lawrence is Lecturer in English at the University of Hull.

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