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The Renaissance was a seminal era in the development of English literature. Up until the sixteenth century it was usual to regard the English language and English literature as far inferior to Latin and the literature of the ancient world. By the mid-seventeenth century this had changed. A series of...

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Published in: Renaissance Literature p. 219
Main Author: Siobhan Keenan
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Edinburgh University Press 08-27-2008
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Summary: The Renaissance was a seminal era in the development of English literature. Up until the sixteenth century it was usual to regard the English language and English literature as far inferior to Latin and the literature of the ancient world. By the mid-seventeenth century this had changed. A series of transformations and a massive expansion in its vocabulary led to English being recognised as a rich and versatile tongue and contributed to the flourishing of literature in English. The rising status of vernacular literature is reflected in the fact that it became increasingly usual to celebrate native literary tradition and
ISBN: 9780748625833
0748625836
DOI: 10.3366/j.ctt1g0b0fs.12