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Voices of the People: Speech, Language and Oral Culture in Early Modern Europe, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr John Gallagher
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Week 1. Introduction: early modern Babel

These are good general overviews of key topics we'll be covering in the module, as well as collections of essays or journal special issues on relevant topics. They'll be helpful in orienting you at the start of the module, but they're also worth coming back to later on – the materials here will be helpful in giving you context for many of the topics and questions we consider throughout the module. 

Bourdieu, Pierre, Language and symbolic power , ed. John B. Thompson (Cambridge: Polity, 1992).

Emily Cockayne, Hubbub : filth, noise & stench in England 1600-1770 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007).

Cohen, Tom, and Lesley Twomey (eds.), Spoken word and social practice : orality in Europe (1400-1700) (Leiden: Brill, 2015).  

Culpeper, Jonathan, and Merja Kytö, Early modern English dialogues : spoken interaction as writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Dall’Aglio, Stefano, Brian Richardson, and Massimo Rospocher (eds.), Voices and texts in early modern Italian society (Routledge, 2017).

Degl’Innocenti, Luca, Brian Richardson, and Chiara Sbordoni (eds.), Interactions between orality and writing in early modern Italian culture(Routledge, 2016).

Fox, Adam, Oral and literate culture in England, 1500-1700 (Oxford: Clarendon, 2000).  

Fox, Adam, and Daniel Woolf (eds.), The spoken word : oral culture in Britain, 1500-1850 (Manchester & New York: Manchester University Press, 2002).  

Garrioch, David, ‘Sounds of the city: the soundscape of early modern European towns’, Urban history. 30 (2003), pp. 5-25.

Horodowich, Elizabeth (ed.), Speech and oral culture in early modern Europe and Beyond, special issue of Journal of Early Modern History 16 (2012).

Horodowich, Elizabeth, ‘Introduction: speech and oral culture in early modern Europe and beyond’, Journal of Early Modern History 16 (2012), pp. 301-313. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 05/01/2018) 

Horodowich, Elizabeth, ‘Body politics and the tongue in sixteenth-century Venice’, in Julia L. Hairston and Walter Stephens (eds.), The body in early modern Italy(Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), pp. 195-209.  

Hunt, Arnold, ‘Recovering speech acts’, in Andrew Hadfield, Matthew Dimmock, and Abigail Shinn (eds.), The Ashgate research companion to popular culture in early modern England (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), pp.

Leow, Rachel, Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016). 

McDowell, Paula, The invention of the oral : print commerce and fugitive voices in eighteenth- century Britain (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017).

Ong, Walter J., Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word (London & New York: Methuen, 1982).  

Richardson, Brian (ed.), Oral culture in early modern Italy: performance, language, religion. Special issue of The Italianist. 34:3 (2014).

Smith, Bruce R., The acoustic world of early modern England : attending to the O-factor (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).    

Smith, Bruce R., ‘The soundscapes of early modern England’, in Mark M. Smith (ed.), Hearing history : a reader (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2004), pp. 85-96.

Wood, Andy, The memory of the people : custom and popular senses of the past in early modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Wright, Laura, ‘Speaking and listening in early modern London’, in A. Cowan and J. Steward (eds.), The city and the senses : urban culture since 1500 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 60-74.

Week 2. Languages, nations, and states

Ayres-Bennett, Wendy, A history of the French language through texts (Routledge: London & New York, 1996).

Barber, Charles, Early Modern English (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997).

Blank, Paula, Broken English: Dialects and the Politics of Language in Renaissance Writings (London and New York: Routledge, 1996).

Burke, Peter, Languages and communities in early modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Butterfield, Ardis, The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Cohen, Michèle, Fashioning Masculinity: national identity and language in the eighteenth century (London & New York: Routledge, 1996).

Cohen, Paul, 'Linguistic Politics on The Periphery: Louis XIII, Bearn, and the Making Of French as an Official Language in Early Modern France', in Brian D. Joseph, Johanna DeStefano, Neil Jacobs, and Ilse Lehiste (eds.), When Languages Collide: Perspectives on Language Conflict, Language Competition, and Language Coexistence (Columbus: University of Ohio Press, 2003).   

Cohen, Paul, 'Fashioning a Useable Linguistic Past: The French of Medieval England and the Invention of a National Vernacular in Early Modern France', in Thelma Fenster and Carolyn P. Collette (eds.), The French of Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2017), pp. 225-240. 

Considine, John, Academy Dictionaries 1600-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Considine, John, Dictionaries in early modern Europe: lexicography and the making of heritage (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Crowley, Tony, Wars of Words: the politics of language in Ireland 1537-2004 (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 

DeWispelare, Daniel, Multilingual subjects : on standard English, its speakers, and others in the long eighteenth century (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

Doyle, Aidan, A history of the Irish language: from the Norman invasion to independence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Early Modern Research Group, ‘Commonwealth: the social, cultural, and conceptual contexts of an early modern keyword’, Historical Journal 54 (2011), pp. 659-687.

Elyada, Aya, A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish: Christians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012). 

Heal, Felicity, ‘Mediating the Word: language and dialects in the British and Irish reformations’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 56 (2005), pp. 261-286.

Hobsbawm, Eric, ‘Language, culture, and national identity’, Social Research 63:4 (1996), pp. 1065-1080. 

Houston, R.A., ‘‘Minority’ languages and cultural change in early modern Europe’, in Niall Ó Ciosáin (ed.), Explaining change in cultural history(Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2005), pp. 13-36.

Jones, Richard Foster, The Triumph of the English Language: A Survey of Opinions Concerning the Vernacular from the Introduction of Printing to the Restoration (London: Oxford University Press, 1953).

Larkin, Hilary, The Making of Englishmen: debates on national identity 1550-1650 (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2014).

Leith, Dick, The social history of English (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983).

Maiden, Martin, A Linguistic History of Italian (London & New York: Longman, 1995). 

Marácz, László, 'The roots of modern Hungarian nationalism: a case study and a research agenda', in Lotte Jensen (ed.), The Roots of Nationalism: National Identity Formation in Early Modern Europe, 1600-1815 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016), pp. 235-250. 

McCafferty, John, 'Voices in Prefaces: Speaking Irish in an English Reformation', Studies: an Irish quarterly review 106.424 (2017-18), pp. 484-492. 

Mitchell, Linda C., ‘Language and national identity in 17th- and 18th-century England’, in Carol Percy and Mary Catherine Davidson (eds.), The languages of nation: attitudes and norms (Bristol, Buffalo, & Toronto: Multilingual Matters, 2012), pp. 123-140.

Ostler, Nicholas, Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World (London: HarperCollins, 2005).

Richardson, Brian, ‘The Concept of a lingua comune in Renaissance Italy’, in Languages of Italy: Histories and Dictionaries, ed. by Anna Laura Lepschy and Arturo Tosi (Ravenna: Longo, 2007), pp. 11–28.

Richardson, Brian, ‘The Italian of Renaissance Elites in Italy and Europe’, in Anna Laura Lepschy and Arturo Tosi (eds.), Multilingualism in Italy Past and Present (Oxford: European Humanities Research Centre, 2002), pp. 5–23.

Rickard, Peter, A history of the French language (London & New York: Routledge, 1989).

Rollison, David, ‘Conceit and Capacities of the Vulgar Sort: The Social History of English as a Language of Politics’, Cultural and Social History 2 (2005) pp. 141-163.

Russell, Lindsay Rose, Women and dictionary-making: gender, genre, and English language lexicography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). 

Sacks, David Harris, 'States, Nations, and Publics: The Politics of Language Reform in Renaissance England', in Paul Edward Yachnin and Marlene Eberhart (eds.), Forms of Association: Making Publics in Early Modern Europe (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015), pp. 19-41. 

Shrank, Cathy, ‘Rhetorical constructions of a national community: the role of the King’s English in mid-Tudor writing’, in Phil Withington and Alexandra Shepard, Communities in Early Modern England: Networks, Place, Rhetoric (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000). 

Sorensen, Janet, Strange Vernaculars : how eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2017).  

Tóth, István György, Literacy and Written Culture in Early Modern Central Europe (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2000). 

van de Haar, A.D.M, The Golden Mean of Languages: Forging Dutch and French in the Early Modern Low Countries (1540-1620) (Leiden: Brill, 2019). 

van de Haar, A.D.M., 'Every language has its laws: rhetoricians and the study of the Dutch vernacular', Renaissance Studies 32:1 (2018), pp. 121-139. 

Way, Jacqueline, ''Our Mother-Tongue: The Politics of Elizabeth Elstob's Antiquarian Scholarship', Huntington Library Quarterly 78:3 (2015), pp. 417-440. 

Wells, C.J., German: a linguistic history to 1945 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1985).

Withington, Phil, Society in Early Modern England: The Vernacular Origins of Some Powerful Ideas (Cambridge: Polity, 2010).

Young, Christopher, and Thomas Golding, A history of the German language through texts (London & New York: Routledge, 2004).

Week 3. An oral history of the Renaissance

Barbierato, Federico, ‘Sensory media: the circular links between orality and writing’, in Herman Roodenburg (ed.), A cultural history of the senses in the Renaissance (London: Bloomsbury, 2016).

Baxandall, Michael, Giotto and the orators : humanist observers of painting in Italy and the discovery of pictorial composition, 1350-1450. (Oxford: Clarendon, 1986). 

Binns, James W., Intellectual Culture in Elizabethan and Jacobean England: The Latin Writings of the Age (Leeds: Francis Cairns, 1990).

Celenza, Christopher, The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists, Historians, and Latin's Legacy (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). 

Cox, Virginia, The Renaissance dialogue : literary dialogue in its social and political contexts, Castiglione to Galileo (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).

Jardine, Lisa, and Anthony Grafton, ‘Studied for Action: How Gabriel Harvey read his Livy’, Past & Present 129 (1990), pp. 30-78.

Karantzola, E. (trans. Andrew Henry), ‘From humanism to the Enlightenment: the teaching of ancient Greek and its grammar’, in A.-F. Christidis (ed.), A history of ancient Greek: from the beginnings to late antiquity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp. 1241-1249.

Kraye, Jill (ed.), The Cambridge companion to Renaissance humanism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996). 

Lazarus, Mischa, ‘Greek literacy in sixteenth-century England’, Renaissance Studies 29:3 (2015), pp. 433-458.

Leonhardt, Jürgen, Latin : story of a world language (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013), trans. Kenneth Kronenberg.

Mack, Peter, Elizabethan Rhetoric: Theory and Practice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Mazzio, Carla, The inarticulate Renaissance : language trouble in an age of eloquence (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).  

Ong, Walter, Ramus : method, and the decay of dialogue : from the art of discourse to the art of reason (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958).

Peltonen, Markku, Rhetoric, politics and popularity in pre-revolutionary England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Reid, Steven J., 'A Latin Renaissance in Reformation Scotland? Print Trends in Scottish Latin Literature, c. 1480-1700', Scottish Historical Review 95:1 (2016), pp. 1-29. 

Richards, Jennifer, and Richard Wistreich, ‘The anatomy of the Renaissance voice’, in Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods (eds.), The Edinburgh companion to the critical medical humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

Richards, Jennifer, Rhetoric and courtliness in early modern literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). 

Rhodes, Neil, 'Pure and Common Greek in Early Tudor England', in Tania Demetriou and Rowan Tomlinson, The Culture of Translation in Early Modern England and France, 1500-1660 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 54-70. 

Rhodes, Neil, Common: The Development of a Literary Culture in Sixteenth-Century England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). 

Saladin, J.-C., ‘Greek and the western Renaissance: between humanism and heresy’, in A.-F. Christidis (ed.), A history of ancient Greek: from the beginnings to late antiquity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp. 1237-1240.

Shrank, Cathy, ‘All talk and no action? Early modern political dialogue’, in Andrew Hadfield (ed.), The Oxford handbook of English prose, 1500-1640  (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 27-42.

Snyder, Jon R., Writing the scene of speaking : theories of dialogue in the late Italian Renaissance (Stanford University Press, 1989).

Waquet, Françoise, Latin, or the empire of a sign : from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries (London: Verso, 2001), trans. John Howe. 

Wesley, John, 'Rhetorical delivery for Renaissance English: voice, gesture, emotion, and the sixteenth-century vernacular turn', Renaissance Quarterly 68:4 (2015), pp. 1265-1296. 

Williams, Abigail, The social life of books : reading together in the eighteenth-century home (Yale University Press, 2017).  

Yale, Elizabeth, Sociable knowledge : natural history and the nation in early modern Britain (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), especially chapter 3.

Week 4. Religion, Reformation, and the spoken word

Bepler, Jill, 'Women in German funeral sermons: models of virtue or slice of life?', German Life and Letters 44:5 (1991), pp. 392-403. 

Bock, Florian, 'Preaching and Confessional Culture in Early Modern Germany. Catholic Sermons between 1650 and 1800', Slovene  6:2 (2017), pp. 622-647. 

Boillet, Élise, 'Vernacular sermons on the psalms printed in sixteenth-century Italy: an interface between oral and written cultures', in Stefano Dall'Aglio, Brian Richardson, and Massimo Rospocher (eds.), Voices and Texts in Early Modern Italian Society (London: Routledge, 2016). 

Bullett, Maggie, ''Son of thunder or good shepherd': contesting the parish pulpit in early seventeenth-century Leeds', Northern History 55:2 (2018), pp. 161-177. 

Capska, Veronika, 'Framing a young nun's initiation: early modern convent entry sermons in the Habsburg lands. Vestiges of a lost oral culture', Austrian History Yearbook 45 (2014), pp. 33-60. 

Clement, Jennifer, 'He being dead, yet speaketh: the preacher's voice in early seventeenth-century posthumous sermon collections', Renaissance Studies 32:5 (2018), pp. 738-754. 

Clement, Jennifer (ed.), Rhetoric, Emotion and the Early Modern English Sermon, special issue of English Studies 98:7 (2017). 

Czaika, Otfried, 'Dying unprepared in early modern Swedish funeral sermons', in Anu Lahtinen and Mia Korpiola, Dying Prepared in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 142-159. 

Dall’Aglio, Stefano, ‘Voices under trial: Inquisition, abjuration, and preachers’ orality in sixteenth-century Italy’, Renaissance studies. 31:1 (2017), pp. 25-42. 

Dall'Aglio, Stefano, ''Faithful to the spoken word': sermons from orality to writing in early modern Italy', The Italianist 34:3 (2014), pp. 463-477. 

Ferrell, Lori Anne, and Peter McCullough (eds.), The English Sermon Revised. Religion, Literature and History 1600-1750 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000). 

Fisher, Alexander J., Music and Religious Identity in Counter-Reformation Augsburg, 1580–1630 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004)

Garner, Mark, 'Preaching as a Communicative Event: A Discourse Analysis of Sermons by Robert Rollock (1555-1599)', Reformation & Renaissance Review 9:1 (2007), pp. 45-70. 

GEMMS: Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons (online resource): link

Graves-Monroe, Amy C., ‘Soundscapes of the wars of religion: sensory crisis and the collective memory of violence’, in David P. LaGuardia and Cathy Yandell (eds.), Memory and community in sixteenth-century France (London: Routledge, 2015).

Green, Ian, ‘‘For children in yeeres and children in understanding’: the emergence of the English catechism under Elizabeth and the early Stuarts’, Journal of ecclesiastical history. 37 (1986), pp. 397-425.

Green, Ian, The Christian's ABC : catechisms and catechizing in England c.1530-1740 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996).  

Howard, Deborah, and Laura Moretti, Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Music, Acoustics (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010). 

Hunt, Arnold, The art of hearing : English preachers and their audiences, 1590-1640 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).    

Karant-Nunn, Susan, The Reformation of Feeling: Shaping the Religious Emotions in Early Modern Germany (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). 

Kirby, Torrance, and P.G. Stanwood (eds.), Paul's Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in England, 1520-1640 (Leiden: Brill, 2014). 

Kirby, Torrance, P.G. Stanwood, Mary Morrissey, and John N. King (eds.), Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521-1642 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). 

Laube, Matthew, '‘The Harmony of One Choir’? Music and Social Unity in Reformation Heidelberg', Past & Present 248:1 (2020), pp. 41-86. 

Mack, Phyllis, Visionary women : ecstatic prophecy in seventeenth-century England (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992). 

McCullough, Peter, Hugh Adlington, and Emma Rhatigan (eds.), The Oxford handbook of the early modern sermon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

McCullough, Peter, Sermons at Court: Politics and Religion in Elizabethan and Jacobean preaching (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011). 

Morrissey, Mary, Politics and the Paul's Cross Sermons, 1558-1642 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). 

Morrissey, Mary, 'Interdisciplinarity and the study of early modern sermons', Historical Journal  42:4 (1999), pp. 1111-1123. 

Michelson, Emily, 'Dramatics in (and out of) the pulpit in post-Tridentine Italy', The Italianist 34:3 (2014), pp. 449-462. 

Michelson, Emily, ‘Conversionary preaching and the Jews in early modern Rome’, Past & present. 235:1 (2017), pp. 68-104. 

Oates, Rosamund, 'Sermons and sermon-going in early modern England', Reformation  17:1 (2012), pp. 199-212. 

Oettinger, Rebecca Wagner, Music as Propaganda in the German Reformation (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001). 

O'Regan, Noel, 'Music, memory, and faith: how did singing in Latin and the vernacular influence what people knew about their faith in early modern Rome?', The Italianist 34:2 (2014), pp. 437-448. 

Pitkin, Barbara, 'The Reformation of Preaching: Transformations of Worship Soundscapes in Early Modern Germany and Switzerland', Yale Journal of Music & Religion 1:2 (2015).  Available online 

Pollmann, Judith, ‘”Hey ho, let the cup go round!” Singing for reformation in the sixteenth century’, in Heinz Schilling and István György Toth (eds.), Cultural exchange in early modern Europe , vol. I: religion and cultural exchange in Europe, 1400-1700 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 294-316.    

Reinburg, Virginia, French Books of Hours [electronic resource] : Making an archive of prayer, c.1400-1600 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).  

Reinburg, Virginia, ‘Oral rites: prayer and talk in early modern France’, in Cohen, Tom, and Lesley Twomey (eds.), Spoken word and social practice : orality in Europe (1400-1700) (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 375-392. 

Rospocher, Massimo, 'The battle for the piazza: creative antagonism between itinerant preachers and street singers in late medieval and early modern Italy', in Stefano Dall'Aglio, Brian Richardson, and Massimo Rospocher (eds.), Voices and Texts in Early Modern Italian Society  (London: Routledge, 2016). 

Salzberg, Rosa, 'The word on the street: street performers and devotional texts in Italian Renaissance cities', The Italianist  34:2 (2014), pp. 336-348. 

Scribner, Robert, ‘Oral culture and the diffusion of Reformation ideas’, History of European Ideas 5:3 (1984), pp. 237-256. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Scribner, Robert, ‘Oral culture and the transmission of Reformation ideas’, in Helga Robinson-Hammerstein (ed.), The Transmission of ideas in the Lutheran Reformation (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1989), pp. 83-104.

Shell, Alison, Oral culture and Catholicism in early modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).  

Taylor, Larissa (ed.), Preachers and people in the Reformations and early modern period (Leiden: Brill, 2001). 

Waddell, Brodie, 'Economic Immorality and Social Reformation in English Popular Preaching, 1585–1625', Cultural and Social History 5:2 (2008), pp. 165-182. 

Wall, John N., 'Transforming the Object of our Study: The Early Modern Sermon and the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project', Journal of Digital Humanities 3:1 (2014): link

Willis, Jonathan, Church Music and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England: Discourses, Sites and Identities (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010). 

Week 5. Learning languages

Auger, Peter, ‘Fashioned through use: Jacques Bellot’s Rules and its successors’, History of European Ideas 42 (2016), pp. 651-664.

Boutcher, Warren, ‘A French Dexterity, & an Italian Confidence: New Documents on John Florio, Learned strangers and Protestant Humanist Study of Modern Languages in Renaissance England from c. 1547 to c. 1625’, in Reformation 2 (1997), pp. 39-109.

Coldiron, A.E.B., Printers Without Borders: Translation and Textuality in the Renaissance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Considine, John, ‘Narrative and persuasion in early modern English dictionaries and phrasebooks’, Review of English Studies 52 (2001), pp. 195-206.

Cooper, Lisa H., ‘Urban Utterances: Merchants, Artisans, and the Alphabet in Caxton’s Dialogues in French and English’, New Medieval Literatures 7 (2005), pp. 127-162.

Cooper-Rompato, Christine, ‘Traveling tongues: foreign-language phrase lists in Wynkyn de Worde and William Wey’, The Chaucer Review 46 (2011), pp. 223-236.

Dursteler, Eric, ‘Speaking in tongues: language and communication in the early modern Mediterranean’, Past & Present 217:1 (2012), pp. 47-77.

Fleming, Juliet, ‘The French Garden: An Introduction to Women’s French’, in ELH: English Literary History 56 (1989), pp. 19-51.

Gallagher, John, Learning Languages in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019). 

Gallagher, John, ‘“Ungratefull Tuscans”: Teaching Italian in early modern England’, The Italianist 36:3 (2016), pp. 392-413.

Gallagher, John, ‘The Italian London of John North: cultural contact and linguistic encounter in early modern England’, Renaissance Quarterly, 70 (2017), pp. 88-131.

Howatt, A.P.R., A History of English Language Teaching (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984).

Joby, Christopher, The Dutch Language in Britain (1550-1702): A Social History of the Use of Dutch in Early Modern Britain (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2015).

Joby, Christopher, The Multilingualism of Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687) (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014).

Loonen, P.L.M., For to learne to buye and sell: learning English in the Low Dutch area between 1500 and 1800. A critical survey (Amsterdam & Maarssen: APA-Holland University Press, 1991).

Kibbee, Douglas A., For to speke Frenche trewely: the French language in England, 1000-1600: its status, description and instruction (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1991).

Lambley, Kathleen, The Teaching and Cultivation of the French Language in England during Tudor and Stuart times (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1920).

Lawrence, Jason, ‘Who the devil taught thee so much Italian?’ Italian language learning and literary imitation in early modern England (Manchester & New York: Manchester University Press, 2005).

Mills, Simon, ‘Learning Arabic in the overseas factories: the case of the English’, in Jan Loop, Alastair Hamilton, and Charles Burnett (eds.), The Teaching and Learning of Arabic in Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 272-293.

Montgomery, Marianne, Europe’s Languages on England’s Stages, 1590-1620 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012).

Murphy, Emilie K.M., ‘Language and power in an English convent in exile, c. 1621 – c. 1631’, Historical Journal  62:1 (2019), pp. 101-125. 

Phillips, Susan E., ‘Schoolmasters, Seduction, and Slavery: Polyglot Dictionaries in Pre-Modern England’, Medievalia et Humanistica 34 (2008), pp. 129-158.

Salmon, Vivian, Language and society in early modern England: selected essays, 1981-1994 (Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Rodopi, 1996).

Simonini, R.C., Italian Scholarship in Renaissance England (North Carolina: The University of North Carolina Studies in Comparative Literature, 1952).

Toomer, G.J., Eastern Wisedome and Learning: The Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford: Clarendon, 1996).

Wyatt, Michael, The Italian Encounter with Tudor England: A Cultural Politics of Translation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Week 6. Speech crimes

Alberti, Fay Bound, ''An angry and malicious mind?' Narratives of slander at the church courts of York, c. 1660-c.1760', History Workshop Journal 56 (2003), pp. 59-77. 

Bishop, Jennifer, 'Speech and sociability: the regulation of language in the livery companies of early modern London', in Justin Colson and Arle van Steensel (eds.), Cities and Solidarities: Urban Communities in Pre-Modern Europe (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 208-224. 

Blakemore, Richard, 'Orality and mutiny: authority and speech amongst the seafarers of early modern London', in Thomas V. Cohen and Lesley K. Twomey (eds.), Spoken Word and Social Practice: Orality in Europe (1400-1700) (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 251-279. 

Bowen, Lloyd, 'Seditious speech and popular royalism, 1649-60', in Jason McElligott and David L. Smith (eds.), Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010), pp. 44-66. 

Burke, Peter, ‘Insult and blasphemy in early modern Italy’, in Peter Burke, The historical anthropology of early modern Italy: essays on perception and communication (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987).

Butterworth, Emily, Poisoned words : slander and satire in early modern France (Oxford: Legenda, 2006). 

Butterworth, Emily, The unbridled tongue : babble and gossip in Renaissance France (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Butterworth, Emily, and Hugh Roberts (eds.), Gossip and nonsense in Renaissance France and England, special issue of Renaissance studies.30:1 (2016).

Capp, Bernard, When gossips meet : women, family, and neighbourhood in early modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).  

Champion, J.C.A., and R.H. Popkin, 'Bibliography and irreligion: Richard Smith's 'Observants on the Report of a Blasphemous Treatise', c. 1671', The Seventeenth Century  10:1 (1995), pp. 77-99. 

Cressy, David, Dangerous talk : scandalous, seditious, and treasonable speech in pre-modern England  (Oxford, 2010).  

Fischer, Kirsten, '‘False, Feigned, and Scandalous Words’: Sexual Slander and Racial Ideology Among Whites in Colonial North Carolina', in Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie (eds.), The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South (New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 139-153. 

Fox, Adam, 'Ballads, libels, and popular ridicule in Jacobean England', Past & Present  145 (1994), pp. 47-83. 

Gilje, Paul A.,  To swear like a sailor: maritime culture in America, 1750-1850 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016). 

Graham, Michael F., The Blasphemies of Thomas Aikenhead: Boundaries of Belief on the Eve of Enlightenment (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008). 

Griffiths, Paul, 'Punishing Words: Insults and Injuries, 1525–1700', in Angela McShane and Garthine Walker (eds.), The extraordinary and the everyday in early modern England: essays in celebration of the work of Bernard Capp (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 66-85.

Harris, Tim, 'There is none that loves him but drunk whores and whoremongers': popular criticisms of the Restoration court', in Catharine MacLeod and Julia Marciari Alexander (eds.), Politics, transgression, and representation at the court of Charles II (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), pp. 35-58. 

Hindle, Steve, ‘The shaming of Margaret Knowsley: gossip, gender, and the experience of authority in early modern England’, Continuity and Change 9:3 (1994), pp. 391-419.

Horodowich, Elizabeth, ‘Civic identity and the control of blasphemy in sixteenth-century Venice’, Past & present. 181 (2003), pp. 3-33.

Horodowich, Elizabeth, ‘The gossiping tongue: oral networks, public life and political culture in early modern Venice’, Renaissance studies. 19 (2005), pp. 22-45.

Horodowich, Elizabeth, ‘The meaning of gossip in sixteenth-century Venice’, in Thomas Cohen and Lesley Twomey (eds.), Spoken word and social practice : orality in Europe (1400-1700) (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 319-42.

Ingram, Martin, 'Law, litigants, and the construction of 'honour': slander suits in early modern England', in Peter R. Coss (ed.), The Moral World of the Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 134-160. 

Kamensky, Jane, Governing the tongue: the politics of speech in early new England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).  

Mazzio, Carla, 'Sins of the tongue in early modern England', Modern Language Studies 28:3/4 (1998), pp. 93-124. 

McIlvenna, Una, Scandal and reputation at the court of Catherine de Medici (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016).

McIlvenna, Una, ‘Word versus Honor: the case of Françoise de Rohan vs. Jacques de Savoie’, Journal of Early Modern History 16:4-5 (2012), pp. 315-334. - Available online:

Nash, David, ''To Prostitute Morality, Libel Religion, and Undermine Government': Blasphemy and the Strange Persistence of Providence in Britain since the Seventeenth Century', Journal of Religious History 32:4 (2008), pp. 439-456. 

Roth, Carla, ‘Obscene humour, gender, and sociability in sixteenth-century St Gallen’, Past & present. 234:1 (2017), pp. 39-70.

Spaeth, Donald, 'Words and deeds: gender and the language of abuse in Elizabethan Norfolk', History Workshop Journal 78:1 (2014), pp. 1-21. 

Spurr, John, ‘A profane history of early modern oaths’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 11 (2001), pp. 37-63.

Spurr, John, 'The manner of English blasphemy, 1676-2008', in Keith Robbins, Stewart Jay Brown, Frances Knight, and John Morgan-Guy, Religion, identity and conflict in Britain: from the Restoration to the twentieth century: essays in honour of Keith Robbins (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 27-46. 

Suggett, Richard, 'Slander in early modern Wales', Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 39 (1992), pp. 119-53. 

Walker, C. and H. Carr (eds.), Fama and her sisters : gossip and rumour in early modern Europe (Brepols, 2015).  

Week 7. Gendered voices

Amussen, Susan D. and David Underdown, Gender, culture and politics in England, 1560-1640 : turning the world upside down (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).  

Crawford, Patricia, and Laura Gowing (ed.), Women's worlds in seventeenth-century England (London: Routledge, 2000).

Cohen, Elizabeth S., ‘Back talk: two prostitutes’ voices from Rome c. 1600’, Early Modern Women: an interdisciplinary journal 2 (2007), pp. 95-126. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 05/01/2018) 

Cohen, Elizabeth S., ‘’Courtesans’ and ‘whores’: words and behavior in early modern Rome’, Women’s Studies 19:2 (1991), pp. 201-208. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Fennell, Barbara, 'Routine Appropriation: Women's Voices and Women's Experiences in the 1641 Depositions', Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies 6:2 (2013), pp. 53-70.  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 21/10/2020) 

Freeman, Curtis W., and Katherine Chidley (eds.), A Company of Women Preachers: Baptist Prophetesses in Seventeenth-Century England: A Reader (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2011). 

Gowing, Laura, Domestic dangers : women, words, and sex in early modern London (Oxford: Clarendon, 1996).  

Gowing, Laura, 'Language, power and the law: women's slander litigation in early modern London', in J.L. Kermode & Garthine Walker (eds),  Women, crime and the courts in early modern England  (London, 1994), pp. 26-47. 

Hubbard, Eleanor, City Women: Money, Sex and the Social Order in Early Modern London (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). 

Ingram, Martin. ‘“Scolding Women Cucked or Washed”: A Crisis in Gender Relations in Early Modern England’, in J.L. Kermode & Garthine Walker (eds),  Women, crime and the courts in early modern England  (London, 1994), pp. 48-80.

Korda, Natasha, “Gender at Work in the Cries of London,” in Lamb, Mary Ellen, and Karen Bamford (eds.), Oral Traditions and Gender in Early Modern Literary Texts (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), pp. 117-35.

Kermode, Jenny, and Garthine Walker (eds.), Women, crime and the courts in early modern England (London: Routledge, 1994). 

Lamb, Mary Ellen, and Karen Bamford (eds.), Oral Traditions and Gender in Early Modern Literary Texts (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008). 

Lipscomb, Suzannah, The Voices of Nîmes: Women, Sex, and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). 

Richards, Jennifer, ‘The voice of Anne Askew’, Journal of the Northern Renaissance 9 (2017):

Rublack, Ulinka, The crimes of women in early modern Germany (Oxford: Clarendon, 1999), especially chapter 1.

Rushton, Peter, 'The rise and fall of seditious words, 1650 to 1750', Northern History 52:1 (2015), pp. 68-84. 

Rushton, Peter, 'Women, witchcraft and slander in early modern England: cases from the church courts of Durham, 1560-1675', Northern History 18 (1982), pp. 116-132. 

Sanson, Helena, ''Femina proterva, rude, indocta [...], chi t'ha insegnato a parlar in questo modo?' Women's 'voices' and linguistic varieties in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century written texts', The Italianist 34:3 (2014), pp. 400-417. 

Stavreva, Kirilka, Words Like Daggers: Violent Female Speech in Early Modern England (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015). 

Taylor, Hillary, ‘‘Branded on the tongue’: rethinking plebeian inarticulacy in early modern England’, Radical History Review 121 (2015), pp. 91-105. - Available online:

Underdown, David. ‘The Taming of the Scold: The Enforcement of Patriarchal Authority in Early Modern England’, in Anthony Fletcher and John Stevenson (eds), Order and disorder in early modern England  (Cambridge, 1985), pp.116-36.

Week 8. Voices of the people

For PDFs and transcriptions (and some recordings!) of early modern English ballads, see the English Broadside Ballad Archive,

Bowen, Lloyd, 'Information, Language and Political Culture in Early Modern Wales', Past & Present 228:1 (2015), pp. 125-158. 

Bowen, Lloyd, 'Structuring Particularist Publics: Logistics, Language, and Early Modern Wales', Journal of British Studies 56:4 (2017), pp. 754-772. 

But, Roxanne, '"He said he was going on the scamp" : Thieves' cant, enregisterment and the representation of the social margins in the Old Bailey Sessions Papers', Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 3:2 (2017), pp. 151-172.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Boyd Brown, C., Singing the Gospel : Lutheran Hymns and the Success of the Reformation  (Harvard University Press, 2005).

Burke, Peter and Roy Porter (eds.), The Social history of language (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987).    

Burke, Peter and Roy Porter (eds.), Language, self and society : a social history of language (Cambridge: Polity, 1991).    

Burke, Peter, and Roy Porter (eds.), Languages and jargons : contributions to a social history of language (Cambridge: Polity, 1995).    

Burke, Peter, Languages and communities in early modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).  

Burke, Peter, The historical anthropology of early modern Italy: essays on perception and communication (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987).

Burke, Peter, ‘“Heu Domine, Adsunt Turcae”: a Sketch for a Social History of Post-Medieval Latin’, in Peter Burke, The art of conversation (Cambridge: Polity, 1993), pp. 34-65.

Burke, Peter, ‘A Civil Tongue: language and politeness in early modern Europe’, in Peter Burke, Brian Harrison, Paul Slack (eds.), Civil histories : essays presented to Sir Keith Thomas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 31-48.

Coast, David, 'Speaking for the People in Early Modern England', Past & Present  244:1 (2019), pp. 51-88. 

Coast, David, 'Rumor and "Common Fame" : The Impeachment of the Duke of Buckingham and Public Opinion in Early Stuart England', Journal of British Studies 55:2 (2016), pp. 241-267. 

Considine, John, Small dictionaries and curiosity : lexicography and fieldwork in post-medieval europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).  

Cram, David, ‘Edward Lhuyd’s Archaeologica Britannica: method and madness in early modern comparative philology’, The Welsh history review = Cylchgrawn hanes Cymru. 25 (2010), pp. 75-96. 

Cressy, David, 'Demotic Voices and Popular Complaint in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England', Journal of Early Modern Studies 2 (2013), pp. 47-62. 

Davey, James, 'Singing for the Nation: Balladry, naval recruitment and the language of patriotism in eighteenth-century Britain', Mariner's Mirror 103:1 (2017), pp. 43-66. 

L.I. Davies, 'Orality, literacy, popular culture: an eighteenth-century case study', Oral Tradition 25:2 (2010), pp. 305-323. 

Degl’Innocenti, Luca, Massimo Rospocher and Rosa Salzberg (eds.), The Cantastorie in Renaissance Italy: Street Singers Between Oral and Literate Cultures, special issue of Italian studies.  71:2 (2016).

del Soldato, Eva, and Andrea Rizzi (eds.), City, court, academy : language choice in early modern Italy (Routledge, 2018).

DeWispelare, Daniel, Multilingual subjects : on standard English, its speakers, and others in the long eighteenth century (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

Foyster, Elizabeth, 'Fear of Giving Offence Makes Me Give the More Offence' : Politeness, Speech and Its Impediments in British Society, c.1660–1800', Cultural & Social History 15:4 (2018), pp. 487-508. 

Houston, R.A., ‘‘Minority’ languages and cultural change in early modern Europe’, in Niall Ó Ciosáin (ed.), Explaining change in cultural history(Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2005), pp. 13-36. 

Jajdelska, Elspeth, Speech, print and decorum in Britain, 1600-1750 : studies in social rank and communication (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015). 

Jarrett, Simon, '‘A Welshman Coming to London and Seeing a Jackanapes…’: How Jokes and Slang Differentiated Eighteenth-Century Londoners from the Rest of Britain', London Journal 43:2 (2018), pp. 120-136. 

Laube, Matthew, '‘The Harmony of One Choir’? Music and Social Unity in Reformation Heidelberg', Past & Present 248:1 (2020), pp. 41-86. 

Liddy, Christian D., ''Sir Ye Be Not Kyng' : Citizenship and Speech in Late Medieval and Early Modern England', Historical Journal 60:3 (2017), pp. 571-596. 

Marsh, Christopher, Music and society in early modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

McIlvenna, Una, ‘When the news was sung: ballads as news media in early modern Europe’, Media history. 22:3-4 (2016), pp. 317-333.

McIlvenna, Una, ‘The power of music: the significance of contrafactum in execution ballads’, Past & present. 229:1 (2015), pp. 47-89.

McIlvenna, Una, ‘Ballads of death and disaster: the role of song in early modern news transmission’, in Jenny Spinks and Charles Zika (eds.), Disaster, death and the emotions in the shadow of the apocalypse 1400-1700 (2016), pp. 275-294.

McShane, Angela, 'Political street songs and singers in seventeenth‐century England', Renaissance Studies 33:1 (2019), pp. 94-118. 

McShane, Angela (ed.), Political broadside ballads of seventeenth-century England : a critical bibliography (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011).

Richman, Jared S., 'The Other King's Speech : Elocution and the Politics of Disability in Georgian Britain', The Eighteenth Century 59:3 (2018), pp. 279-304. 

Salzberg, Rosa, and Massimo Rospocher, ‘Street Singers in Italian Renaissance Urban Culture and Communication’, Cultural and social history. , 9.1 (2012), pp. 9-26.

Salzberg, Rosa, and Massimo Rospocher, ‘Murder ballads: singing, hearing, and writing about murder in Renaissance Italy’, in K.J.P. Lowe and T. Dean (eds.), Murder in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Salzberg, Rosa, ‘In the mouth of charlatans: street performers and the dissemination of pamphlets in Renaissance Italy’, Renaissance studies.24:5 (2010), pp. 638-653.

Sizer, Michael, 'Murmur, Clamor, and Tumult : The Soundscape of Revolt and Oral Culture in the Middle Ages', Radical History Review 121 (2015), pp. 9-31.  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 21/10/2020) 

Sorensen, Janet, Strange Vernaculars : how eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2017).  

Stewart, Ian B., 'The Mother Tongue: Historical Study of the Celts and their Language(s) in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland', Past & Present 243:1 (2019), pp. 71-107. 

van Orden, Kate, Materialities : books, readers, and the chanson in sixteenth-century Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).  

Way, Jacqueline, ''Our Mother-Tongue: The Politics of Elizabeth Elstob's Antiquarian Scholarship', Huntington Library Quarterly 78:3 (2015), pp. 417-440. 

Wright, Laura, ‘Speaking and listening in early modern London’, in A. Cowan and J. Steward (eds.), The City and the Senses: Urban Culture since 1500 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 60-74.

Week 9. A history of silence

Braddick, Michael J. (ed.) The politics of gesture : historical perspectives (Past and Present 203, supplement 4, 2009).

Bremmer, Jan and Herman Roodenburg (eds.), A cultural history of gesture : From Antiquity to the Present Day (Cambridge: Polity, 1991).    

Clody, Michael C., 'Limited by Their Letters : Alphabets, Codes, and Gesture in Seventeenth-Century England', in Katherine Ellison and Susan Kim (eds.), A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers: Cryptography and the History of Literacy (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 161-179. 

Cockayne, Emily, ‘Experiences of the deaf in early modern England’, The historical journal. 46:3 (2003), pp. 493-510.

Dahmer, Cornelia, ''Still, however, it is certain that young ladies should be more apt to hear than to speak': Silence in Eighteenth Century Conduct Books for Young Women', XVII-XVIII; Revue de la Société d'Études Anglaises et Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles 73 (2016), pp. 123-145. 

Hackel, Heidi Brayman, ''Boasting of silence': women readers in a patriarchal state', in Kevin Sharpe and Steven N. Zwicker (eds.), Reading, Society and Politics in Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 101-121. 

Lardy, Michèle, 'From Silence to “Civil Converse”: Of the Attempts to Control Seventeenth-Century Women’s “Ripe Wit and Ready Tongues”', XVII-XVIII; Revue de la Société d'Études Anglaises et Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles 73 (2016), pp. 105-122. 

Luckyj, Christina, "A moving rhetoricke" : gender and silence in early modern England (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010).    

Oates, Rosamund, 'Silent history: deafness and sign language in early modern Europe'. Blog post at Early Modern Soundscapes project website: link

Rublack, Ulinka, The Crimes of Women in Early Modern Germany (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), chapter 1: 'Gossip, Silence, or Accusation'. 

Snyder, Jon R., Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012). 

Walraven, Maarten, 'History and its acoustic context: silence, resonance, echo and where to find them in the archive', Journal of Sonic Studies 4. 

Wood, Andy, The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), especially chapter 3, 'Speech, silence and the recovery of rebel voices'. 

Week 10. Voices in the archives

Bermejo, Saúl Martínez, 'Voice, orality, and the performance of political counsel in early modern Spain', Historical Journal  61:4 (2018), pp. 891-911. 

Cohen, Elizabeth S, and Tom V. Cohen, Words and deeds in Renaissance Rome : trials before the papal magistrates (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993).  

Cohen, Elizabeth S., ‘She said, he said: situated oralities in judicial records from early modern Rome’, Journal of Early Modern History 16 (2012), pp. 403-430. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 05/01/2018) 

Cohen, Elizabeth S., ‘Between oral and written culture: the social meaning of an illustrated love letter’, in Barbara Diefendorf and Carla Hesse (eds.), Culture and identity in early modern Europe (1500-1800) : essays in honor of Natalie Zemon Davis (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993), pp. 181-201. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Cohen, Elizabeth S., ‘To pray, to work, to hear, to speak: women in Roman streets, c. 1600’, Journal of early modern history 12:3-4 (2008), pp. 289-311.

Cohen, Elizabeth S., ‘Moving Words: Everyday Oralities and Social Dynamics in Roman Trials circa 1600’ in Dall’Aglio, Stefano, Brian Richardson, and Massimo Rospocher (eds.), Voices and texts in early modern Italian society (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 69-83.

Cohen, Paul, ‘Torture and translation in the multilingual courtrooms of early modern France’, Renaissance quarterly. 69:3 (2016), pp. 899-939.

Coolahan, Marie-Louise, ''And this deponent further sayeth': orality, print and the 1641 depositions', in Marc Caball and Andrew Carpenter (eds.), Oral and print cultures in Ireland, 1600-1900 (Dublin: Four Courts, 2009), pp. 69-84.   

Catriona Cooper, 'The sound of debate in Georgian England: auralising the House of Commons', Parliamentary History 38:1 (2019), pp. 60-73. 

Darnton, Robert, Poetry and the police : communication networks in eighteenth-century Paris (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012).

de Vivo, Filippo, Information and communication in Venice : rethinking early modern politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).  

de Vivo, Filippo, ‘Archives of speech: recording diplomatic negotiation in late medieval and early modern Italy’, European history quarterly. 46:3 (2016), pp. 519-544.

Farge, Arlette, Subversive words : public opinion in eighteenth-century France (Cambridge: Polity, 1994).  

Freist, Dagmar, Governed by opinion : politics, religion, and the dynamics of communication in Stuart London, 1637-1645 (London: I.B. Tauris, 1997).    

Garrioch, David, ‘Sounds of the city: the soundscape of early modern European towns’, Urban history. 30 (2003), pp. 5-25.

Ghobrial, John-Paul, The whispers of cities : information flows in Istanbul, London, and Paris in the age of William Trumbull (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).  

Ginzburg, Carlo, The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). 

Horodowich, Elizabeth, Language and statecraft in early modern Venice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).  

Huber, Magnus, ‘The Old Bailey Proceedings, 1674-1834: evaluating and annotating a corpus of 18th- and 19th-century spoken English’, Studies in variation, contacts and change in English 1 (2007):

McDowell, Paula, The invention of the oral : print commerce and fugitive voices in eighteenth-century Britain (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017). 

Milner, Stephen J., ‘“Fanno bandire, notificare, et expressamente comandare”: town criers and the information economy of Renaissance Florence’, I Tatti studies in the Italian Renaissance. 16 (2013), pp. 107-151. 

Morrissey, Mary, 'Sermon-notes and seventeenth-century manuscript communities', Huntington Library Quarterly 80:2 (2017), pp. 293-307. 

Polizzotto, Carolyn, 'Speaking Truth to Power: The Problem of Authority in the Whitehall Debates of 1648–9', English Historical Review 131:548 (2016), pp. 31-63. 

Roth, Carla, ‘Obscene humour, gender, and sociability in sixteenth-century St Gallen’, Past & present. 234:1 (2017), pp. 39-70.

Salzberg, Rosa, Ephemeral city : cheap print and urban culture in Renaissance Venice (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014).  

Schutte, Anne Jacobson,  Autobiography of an Aspiring Saint (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996). 

Week 11. A world of words

Brazeau, Brian, Writing a New France, 1604-1632: Empire and Early Modern French Identity (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009). 

Cohen, Matt, The networked wilderness : communicating in early New England (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2009).

Crowley, Tony, Wars of words [electronic resource] : the politics of language in Ireland 1537-2004 (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 

Cummings, William, 'Rethinking the imbrication of orality and literacy: historical discourse in early modern Makassar', The Journal of Asian Studies 62:2 (2003), pp. 531-551. 

Davis, Natalie Zemon, ‘Creole languages and their uses: the example of colonial Suriname’, Historical research. 82 (2009), pp. 268-284.

Dubcovsky, Alejandra, Informed power : communication in the early American South (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016).  

Dursteler, Eric, ‘Speaking in tongues: language and communication in the early modern Mediterranean’, Past & present. 217 (2012), pp. 47-77.

Ferguson, Heather L., The Proper Order of Things: Language, Power, and Law in Ottoman Administrative Discourses (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018). There's also an Ottoman History Podcast interview with the author at this link

Gebhardt, Jonathan, ‘Microhistory and Microcosm: Chinese Migrants, Spanish Empire, and Globalization in Early Modern Manila’ The journal of medieval and early modern studies.  47 (2017), pp. 167-192.

Habib, Imtiaz, '"They Say ..." : Indian Talk Back as Indiaspeak in Ralph Fitch's Account of India in 1583',  Sixteenth Century Journal 47:2 (2016), pp. 305-325. 

Ogborn, Miles, 'The power of speech: orality, oaths and evidence in the British Atlantic world, 1650–1800', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 36:1 (2011), pp. 109-125. 

Kaislaniemi, Samuli, 'The Linguistic World of the Early English East India Company: A Study of the English Factory in Japan, 1613–1623', Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 17:3 (2017), pp. 59-82. 

Mancall, Peter C., Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). 

Phillips, Susan E., ‘Schoolmasters, Seduction, and Slavery: Polyglot Dictionaries in Pre-Modern England’, Medievalia et Humanistica 34 (2008), pp. 129-158. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Scarato, Luciane, 'The Portuguese language in Brazil: multiple people, multiple forms', Diadorim 21 (2019), pp. 200-226: PDF link

Rothman, E. Natalie, ‘Interpreting Dragomans: Boundaries and Crossings in the Early Modern Mediterranean’, in Comparative studies in society and history. 51 (2009), pp. 771-800. 

White, Craig, 'The Praying Indians' Speeches as Texts of Massachusett Oral Culture', Early American Literature 38:3 (2003), pp. 437-467. 



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