The Creation of a Classical Language in the Eighteenth Century: Standardizing English, Cultural Imperialism, and the Future of the Literary Canon

  title={The Creation of a Classical Language in the Eighteenth Century: Standardizing English, Cultural Imperialism, and the Future of the Literary Canon},
  author={Adam R. Beach},
  journal={Texas Studies in Literature and Language},
  pages={117 - 141}
  • Adam R. Beach
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • History
  • Texas Studies in Literature and Language
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