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. 80, No. 3, Summer

A Riddle on the Three Orders in the Collectanea Pseudo-Bedae?
Vidi bipedem super tripodem sedentem, cecidit bipes, corruit tripes. (1) I saw a "two-foot" sitting on a "three-foot"; the "two-foot" fell, the "three-foot" collapsed. This riddle occurs in the Collectanea Pseudo-Bedae and in the recent and very...
Books Received
LANGUAGE Turner, Lorenzo Dow. Africanism in the Gullah Dialect. New intro. By Katherine Wyly Mille and Michael B. Montgomery. U. of South Carolina Press, 2002. Pp. xli + 321. $21.95 paper. CLASSICS INCLUDING LATER LATIN Barrett, James. Staged...
Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Interrogative Lyric
Everywhere in D. G. Rossetti's poetry there are questions. Their importance and frequency increase over Rossetti's lifetime. For example, in the 1850 Germ version of The Blessed Damozel there are two clusters of questions. In the first, the damozel...
Seeing Double: Theatrical Spectatorship in Mansfield Park
Jane Austen's inclusion of Lovers' Vows in Mansfield Park has engendered a debate revolving around the following two questions: how did Austen read Lovers' Vows and did she approve of the ideas it contained? (1) Many scholars have answered the first...
The Beckettian Mimesis of Pain
In his study of Samuel Beckett, Leslie Hill complains that "the critical response to the task of interpreting Beckett's work has been, to a large degree, bland and unconvincing." (1) Whether or not Hill's assessment is correct, criticism of Beckett's...
What Ails Chaucer's Cook? Spiritual Alchemy and the Ending of the Canterbury Tales
[Alchemy] treats of the imperfect bodies of minerals, and teaches how to perfect them.... We compose this book of things perfecting and corrupting ... because contraries set near each other are more clearly manifested. Geber, Sum of Perfection ...