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The grammar of empire in eighteenth-century British writing

Author: Janet Sorensen
Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2000
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This study, first published in 2000, examines the complex role of language as an instrument of empire in eighteenth-century British literature. Focusing on the relationship between England and one of  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Sorensen
ISBN: 0521653274 9780521653275
OCLC Number: 1014744205
Description: X, 318 p. ill. 24 cm
Contents: Introduction; 1. Scripting identity?: English language and literacy instruction in the Highlands and the strange case of Alexander MacDonald; 2. 'A grammarians regard to the genius of our tongue': Johnson's Dictionary, imperial grammar and the customary national language; 3. Women, Celts and hollow voices: Tobias Smollett's brokering of Anglo-British linguistic identities; 4. The figure of the nation: polite language and its originary other in Adam Smith's and Hugh Blair's Lectures in Rhetoric and Belles Lettres; 5. 'A translator without originals': William Shaw's Scots Gaelic and the dialectic of (linguistic) empire; Epilogue: Jane Austen's language and the strangeness at home in the center.
Responsibility: Janet Sorensen.


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"...a well-researched and intellectually adroit study...Sorensen's book presents a crucial realignment of the relation of Scottish Studies to the study of English Literature in the eighteenth and Read more...

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