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. 79, No. 4, Fall

"An Honest Scar Received in the Service of My Country": Lismahago's Colonial Perspective in Humphry Clinker
When Matthew Bramble's expedition reaches Durham, his family encounters a character introduced as "a tall, meagure figure, answering, with his horse, the description of Don Quixote mounted on Rozinante." (1) While Lieutenant Obadiah Lismahago may appear...
Annotating a Career: From Pope's Homer to the Dunciad: From Madame Dacier to Madame Dacier by Way of Swift
Pope's career has both a literary and political shape. It moves from Windsor Forest's (1713) Stuart, Bolingbrokean, Virgilian georgic optimism to the final Dunciad's (1743) Hanoverian, Walpolean, inverted epic pessimism. The benevolent, civilizing,...
"Our Praises Are Our Wages": Courtly Exchange, Social Mobility, and Female Speech in the Winter's Tale
What happens when a woman speaks at court? Early modern representations of female courtly speech are notoriously fraught with contradiction. In Stefano Guazzo's The Civile Conversation, for instance, the perfect courtier Anniball Magnocavalli describes...
Romantic Improvvisatori: Coleridge, L.E.L., and the Difficulties of Loving
The Improvisatore, or John Anderson, My Jo, John `is a neglected work by Coleridge, little read, and held in low estimation by most of his critics. In Coleridge's Later Poetry, for instance, Morton Paley gives it a paragraph; in The Poetic Voices of...
The Bachelor-Warrior of Exeter Book Riddle 20
The Exeter Book riddles occupy a unique place in Old English literary history. Whereas the subject matter of most of the extant verse derives from traditions of Christian Latinity and Germanic legend, many of the riddles refer us to the social body...
The Semiotics of Fantasy in William Kennedy's Fiction
William Kennedy's fame as a novelist grows primarily from his multi-generational tapestry of Irish-American experience in Albany. Specifically, he focuses on rebels and on the codes that define brotherhoods--be they ethnic enclaves, political machines...