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The Grammar of Empire in Eighteenth-Century British Writing (Paperback)

Author: Sorensen, Janet

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This study explores the complex role of language as an instrument of empire in eighteenth-century British literature. Focusing on the relationship between England and one of its "Celtic colonies," Scotland, Janet Sorensen examines how the expansion of the British empire influenced the formation of a national standard English. The book demonstrates the ambivalence at the heart of British linguistic identity, moving from a close analysis of Scottish writers Alexander MacDonald, Adam Smith, Hugh Blair, and Tobias Smollett to a revised understanding of the language use of Samuel Johnson and Jane Austen.


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521021555
SKU 202056598
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521021553
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0332
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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