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Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

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Blood. Invention. Language. Resistance. World. Five ordinary words that do a great deal of conceptual work in everyday life and literature. In this original experiment in critical semantics, Roland Greene considers how these five words changed over the course of the sixteenth century and what their changes indicate about broader forces in science, politics, and other disciplines.
 
Greene discusses a broad swath of Renaissance and transatlantic literature—including Shakespeare, Cervantes, Camões, and Milton—in terms of the development of these words rather than works, careers, or histories. He creates a method for describing and understanding the semantic changes that occur, extending his argument to other words that operate in the same manner. Aiming to shift the conversation around Renaissance literature from current approaches to riskier enterprises, Greene also challenges semantic-historicist scholars, proposing a method that takes advantage of digital resources like full-text databases but still depends on the interpreter to fashion ideas out of ordinary language. Five Words is an innovative and accessible book that points the field of literary studies in an exciting new direction.

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Now revised to include new words and updated essays, Keywords focuses on the sociology of language, demonstrating how the key words we use to understand our society take on new meanings and how these changes reflect the political bent and values of society.

About the Author

Roland Greene is the Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. His most recent book, Unrequited Conquests: Love and Empire in the Colonial Americas, is also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195204698
Author:
Williams, Raymond
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Raymond
Author:
Greene, Roland
Location:
New York :
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Vocabulary
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Anthropological linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics and Anthropological Linguistics
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics & Anthropological Linguistics
Subject:
European
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
98-595
Publication Date:
19850531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 halftones
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1 in

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