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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.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0963-9470
Keywords: Early Modern England; ethno-linguistic nationalism; language community; language ideology; metapragmatics; national language
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 12847
Depositing User: Philip Seargeant
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2009 14:31
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:16
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