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English Literature and Ancient Languages

Kenneth Haynes


Literature in English is hardly ever entirely in English. Contact with other languages takes place, for example, whenever foreign languages are introduced, or if a native style is self-consciously developed, or when aspects of English are remade in the image of another language. Since the Renaissance, Latin and Greek have been an important presence in British poetry and prose. This is partly because of the importance of the ideals and ideologies founded and elaborated on Roman and Greek models. Latin quotations and latinate English have always been ways to represent, scrutinise, or satirize th ... More

Keywords: literature, renaissance, Latin, Greek, social groups, language contact, social interests

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212125
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Haynes, author
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University
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