Romanticism and Linguistic Theory: William Hazlitt, Language, and Literature Marcus Tomalin

ISBN: 9781282277861

Published: January 29th 2010

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Romanticism and Linguistic Theory: William Hazlitt, Language, and Literature  by  Marcus Tomalin

Romanticism and Linguistic Theory: William Hazlitt, Language, and Literature by Marcus Tomalin
January 29th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 201 pages | ISBN: 9781282277861 | 7.47 Mb

This innovative and ground-breaking study explores the complex relationship between linguistic theory and literature during the Romantic period. Several topics in eighteenth-century linguistics are discussed, and the philological interests of figuresMoreThis innovative and ground-breaking study explores the complex relationship between linguistic theory and literature during the Romantic period.

Several topics in eighteenth-century linguistics are discussed, and the philological interests of figures such as William Godwin, Leigh Hunt, Percy Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Thomas De Quincey are considered.

However, it is William Hazlitts writings about natural language and linguistic theory that provide the central focus, and several crucial issues are considered. In particular, Hazlitts ambivalent response to the philosophical grammar movement and to the linguistic theorising of John Horne Tooke is revealed in its true complexity, while his views concerning the familiar style are provocatively reinterpreted in the context of the grammar textbook and belletristic rhetoric traditions. In addition, it is shown that Hazlitts literary criticism was profoundly influenced by his understanding of linguistic theory, an aspect of his work that has been largely ignored in the past.



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