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The Establishment of Modern English Prose in the Reformation and the Enlightenment

The Establishment of Modern English Prose in the Reformation and the Enlightenment


  • Date Published: December 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521480888

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  • In The Establishment of Modern English Prose in the Reformation and the Enlightenment Ian Robinson traces the legacy of prose writing as an art form that was theorised and propagated in a manner quite distinct from verse. Robinson argues that the history of English prose has been misrepresented by critics who have failed to understand the grammatical complexities of the language. Engaging with histories of rhetoric as well as the work of the great prose writers in English, Robinson provides a bold reappraisal of this literary form, combining literary criticism with linguistic and textual analysis. He shows that the formal construct of the sentence itself is historically conditioned and no older than the post-medieval world. The relationship between rhetorical style and literary meaning, Robinson argues, is at the heart of the way we understand the external world.

    • Comprehensive analysis of the emergence of the sentence as a grammatical unit
    • Wide coverage of great prose writers in English
    • Combines literary criticism and linguistic analysis
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    • Date Published: December 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521480888
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 161 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Sentence and period
    2. Prose rhythm
    3. Syntax and period in Middle English
    4. Cranmer's commonwealth
    5. Shakespeare vs the Wanderers
    6. Dryden's democracy
    7. The prose world

  • Author

    Ian Robinson

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