Philological Quarterly

This journal covers aspects of medieval European and modern literature and culture. The articles published incorporate physical bibliography, the sociology of knowledge, the history of reading, reception studies and other fields of inquiry.

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 3, Summer

Discoursing of Xantippe: Amy Levy, Classical Scholarship, and Print Culture
Amy Levy's "Xantippe," frequently mentioned in New Woman and fin de siecle scholarship as well as recent studies of women writers' engagement with classicism, represents the wife of Socrates on her deathbed as she looks back on her girlhood quest for...
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George Eliot's Romola: A Historical Novel "Rather Different in Character"
From the beginning, George Eliot conceived of Romola (1862) as an experiment in rehabilitating the historical novel. In the 1860s, this genre was a denigrated narrative form, the realm of hack writers like G. P. R. James and William Harrison Ainsworth....
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Hester Thrale Piozzi's Foul Copy of Literary History
In 1818, twice widowed and near death, bluestocking Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, a writer and poet now best known for her friendship with Samuel Johnson, stumbled upon her old diary, the Thraliana. (1) She began to reread it, but what she saw there...
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"Original Letters of the Celebrated Mrs. Mary Robinson"
In recent years, a resurgence of interest in the life and writing of Mary Darby Robinson has led to three major biographies, modern editions of her work, and dozens of articles, book chapters, and conference papers. (1) As the ever-growing body of...
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The Bonnet's Brim: The Politics of Vision in Frances Trollope's Domestic Manners of the Americans
[FIGURE 1 OMITTED] The study of manners ... suits better the minute and lynx-like optics of the female, than with the enlarged and elevated views of things taken by the male traveler. --Frances Trollope's Notebooks Frances Trollope's bestselling...
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Unexpected Encounters: Rewriting Women in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Our theme for this issue, Unexpected Encounters, neatly captures both the adversity women writers faced in Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and their ingenious responses. While an encounter may savor of chance or romance for readers...
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