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. 4, Fall

Against the "Starless Midnight of Racism and War": African American Intellectuals and the Antinuclear Agenda
Early in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (1959), an anxious and distracted Walter Lee Younger reads the paper, as per the playwright's stage directions, "vaguely," and announces to his estranged wife Ruth, "Set off another bomb yesterday."...
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Human Sacrifice on the Restoration Stage: The Case of Venice Preserv'd
I'm Sacrific'd! I am sold! (Venice Preserv'd, 3.2.1) In 1641 Jean de Rotrou produced his tragedy Iphygenie en Aulide. This is a fairly close adaptation of Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis, albeit with an extra dash of decorum: who but a seventeenth-century...
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Ouer and Ouer Again in the Peterborough Chronicle
The meaning "in addition" or "furthermore" is well attested for the Middle English adverb over, but the earliest attestation of the word in this sense that is recorded in the Middle English Dictionary is from 1382) (1)The question thus arises whether...
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"That Private Shade, Wherein My Muse Was Bred": Katherine Philips and the Poetic Spaces of Welsh Retirement
Katherine Philips's literary career provides the scholar with the most extensive surviving example of women's manuscript circulation and coterie poetic practice in the seventeenth century. (1) Both in her own lifetime and posthumously, Philips was...
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Whose Restoration, Whose Republic? Charles Gildon's Manuscript Version and the Remaking of Nathaniel Lee's Lucius Junius Brutus
'Twas agreed, and he [Gildon] toss'd them The Patriot first, In hopes 'twould Reverse the Decree, But never was Mortal so Storm'd at and Curs'd, As he was by Murder'd Nat Lee. Ye Gods meet with Gods and make hast to my Aid, Cry'd...
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With Smollett in Harrogate
Smollett scholars have so far neglected to pay attention to The Diary of a Yorkshire Gentleman: John Courtney of Beverley, 1759-1768, which was transcribed and edited by Susan and David Neave from a manuscript in the archive collections of the University...
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