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Not know my voice? Shakespeare corrected : english perfected – theories of language from the middle ages to modernity

Hope, Jonathan (2013) Not know my voice? Shakespeare corrected : english perfected – theories of language from the middle ages to modernity. In: Medieval Shakespeare. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 78-97. ISBN 9781107016279

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Abstract

Shakespeare inherited his understanding of 'language' from the Middle Ages. In the seventeenth century, our very different modern understanding is established. Yet Shakespeare, as a touchstone of modernity, has to be presented as sharing ourlinguistic conceptions. I argue that our treatment of Shakespeare, language, and modernity, is contradictory and highly problematic.