From Philology to English Studies: Language and Culture in the Nineteenth Century by Haruko MommaFrom Philology to English Studies: Language and Culture in the Nineteenth Century by Haruko Momma

From Philology to English Studies: Language and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

byHaruko Momma

Hardcover | November 19, 2012

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The study of English language and literature in Britain changed dramatically between the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. From Philology to English Studies explores the contribution of philology to this evolution. Haruko Momma charts both the rise and fall of philology from antiquity to the late eighteenth century, and the impact of modern philology on the study of modern languages and literatures. Focusing in detail on the work of key philologists in the nineteenth century, Momma considers how they shaped European discourse and especially vernacular studies in Britain: William Jones' discovery of Sanskrit in British India gave rise to Indo-European studies; Max Müller's study of this same language helped spread the Aryan myth to the English-speaking world; the OED achieved its greatness as a post-national lexicon through the editorship of the Scottish dialectologist.
Title:From Philology to English Studies: Language and Culture in the Nineteenth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:November 19, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521518865

ISBN - 13:9780521518864

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: where is philology?; 2. Philological awakening: William Jones and the architecture of learning; 3. The Anglo-Saxon revolution: John Mitchell Kemble and the paradigm; 4. The Philological Society of London: lexicography as national philology; 5. The professor and the reader: vernaculars in the academy; Epilogue: the closing of the phase of philology; Bibliography.

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"Momma presents a fascinating history of the golden age of English language studies - or "philology" in its many senses. In moving among continental Europe, India, and England, the story that emerges is animated by the powerful personalities of scholars like William Jones, Jacob Grimm, James Murray, Max Müller, and Henry Sweet. The publications they produced and the institutions they shaped continue to leave their mark on us all: one need think no further than the Oxford English Dictionary and the current place of English studies within the university to get a sense of their impact. While many of these luminaries are already widely known anecdotally (such as Henry Sweet, for example, as the model for Shaw's Dr. Doolittle), Momma draws together their overlapping careers in a compelling, coherent account like no other." --Daniel Donoghue, John P. Marquand Professor of English, Harvard University