Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 August 2011

229 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719069154

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Who the Devil Taught Thee So Much Italian?

Italian language learning and literary imitation in early modern England

Jason Lawrence

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Offers a comprehensive account of the methods and practice of learning modern languages (especially Italian) in late sixteenth and early seventeenth century England
  • First study to suggest a fundamental link between language-learning habits and the techniques for reading and imitating Italian materials employed by poets and dramatists such as Daniel, Drummond, Marston and Shakespeare
  • Emphasises the impact of John Florio's parallel-text instruction manuals on contemporary habits of literary imitation
  • Provides detailed analysis of Daniel's sonnet sequence 'Delia', and his pastoral tragicomedies, and of Shakespeare's use of Italian materials in 'Measure for Measure' and 'Othello'
  • Uses Shakespeare as an example of a typical language learner of the period, and argues that he clearly develops a competant reading knowledge of Italian during the 1590s and early 1600s

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