Ideologies of English in Shakespeare’s Henry V

Seargeant, Philip (2009). Ideologies of English in Shakespeare’s Henry V. Language and Literature, 18(1) pp. 25–44.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0963947008099304

Abstract

This article examines the way in which the English language is conceptualized in Shakespeare’s Henry V, and the role this conceptualization plays in the portrayal of an emergent national identity. By analyzing how both the theme of language and the stylistic manipulation of language are foregrounded to effect the dramatic representation of cultural identity, the article considers the extent to which the play engages with early ideologies of linguistic nationalism, while also exploiting wider language ideological beliefs in its construction of character and dramatic narrative.

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