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Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes

Roland Greene

Abstract

Blood. Invention. Language. Resistance. World. Five ordinary words that do a great deal of conceptual work in everyday life and literature. This experiment in critical semantics 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. It 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. The book creates a method for descr ... More

Keywords: critical semantics, full-text databases, renaissance literature, transatlantic literature, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Camões, Milton, semantic changes, digital resources

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226000633
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226000770.001.0001

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Roland Greene, author

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