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" You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse : The red plague rid you, For learning me your language ! Pro. "
Prefaces. Tempest. Two gentlemen of Verona. Merry wives of Windsor - Page 23
by William Shakespeare - 1773
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An Introduction to Language and Linguistics: Breaking the Language Spell

Christopher J. Hall - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2005 - 344 pages
...extraordinary power of language, Caliban can in turn express his contempt for this new skill, responding: You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse: the red plague rid you, For learning me your language! Caliban's development of speech has turned...
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Re-takes: Postcoloniality And Foreign Film Languages

John Mowitt - Performing Arts - 2005 - 209 pages
...displace Rodo's appropriation of Ariel, he quotes Caliban's line from The Tempest: "You [Prospero] taught me language, and my profit on't / Is, I know how to curse." 7. Eric Cheyfitz, in The Poetics of Imperialism, has pursued similar matters by approaching...
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Peripheral Centres, Central Peripheries: India and Its Diaspora(s)

Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn, Vera Alexander - History - 2006 - 294 pages
...But the sound of Belawadi's Indian English also underlined and localised the politics of the play: "You taught me language, and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language!" It was Belawadi who took us deeper into...
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Trailing Clouds: Immigrant Fiction in Contemporary America

David Cowart - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 249 pages
...the crime?"1 As Shakespeare's Caliban observes (the quotation is a favorite in postcolonial theory), "You taught me language; and my profit on't / Is, I know how to curse"(77;e Tempest 1.2.365-66). But what pristine version of Antigua would the author embrace? That...
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Reworlding America: Myth, History, and Narrative

John Muthyala - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 213 pages
...wretched half human, half monster, is the central figure. Calibans famous declaration to Prospero — "You taught me language, and my profit on't / Is, I know how to curse"34 — provides a model for contextualizing the history of colonialism and resistance in the...
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West African Literatures: Ways of Reading

Stephanie Newell - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 259 pages
...cosmopolitan young writers demonstrated the powerful truth of Caliban's words in Shakespeare's The Tempest: 'You taught me language, and my profit on't | Is, I know how to curse' (I. ii. 363-4). Unlike Caliban, however, the negritude poets did not proclaim in nostalgia and...
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Shakespeare: una "Tempesta" dopo l'altra

Laura Di Michele - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 359 pages
...valori morali e culturali. La questione della lingua appare determinante anche in questo caso: Cai You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language! (I, ii, 365-367) II linguaggio, che distingue...
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World Englishes: Critical Concepts in Linguistics, Volume 6

Kingsley Bolton, Braj B. Kachru - English language - 2006 - 336 pages
...gabble, like A thing most brutish, I endow'd thy purposes With words that make them known. Caliban: You taught me language, and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language. It would appear that although Caliban...
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The Films of Kenneth Branagh

Samuel Crowl - Performing Arts - 2006 - 204 pages
...be difficult to save from parody. Shakespeare's Caliban gets it right when he taunts Prospero with "You taught me language, and my profit on't / Is, I know how to curse." (1.2.363-364) Branagh's Creature learns language and his "profit on't" is that he knows how...
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Special Section, Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited

Graham Bradshaw, T. G. Bishop, Peter Holbrook - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 405 pages
...period.4 Together with his attempt to rape his language teacher, Miranda, Caliban's speech to Prospero, "You taught me language, and my profit on't / Is I know how to curse" ( 1 .2.364-5), reveals the vulnerability of literacy to abuse by those who acquire it as a result...
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