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‘Mie new London Companions for Italian and French’: modern language learning in Elizabethan England

Jason Lawrence

in Who the Devil Taught Thee So Much Italian?

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719069147
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702543 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069147.003.0002
‘Mie new London Companions for Italian and French’: modern language learning in Elizabethan England

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This chapter examines how teachers of Italian language in England encouraged their private students and readers alike to attempt translation exercises both from and into the target language as an essential element of their language-learning habits. The language-learning process emphasized Italian literary texts, particularly the vernacular poetry of Petrarch. This chapter suggests that the English desire to read Italian fluently in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries was predicated primarily on a specifically literary interest.

Keywords: Italian language; England; private students; translation; language-learning habits; language-learning process; literary texts; Petrarch

Chapter.  17968 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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