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. 1, Winter

Aurora Leigh as Paradigm of Domestic-Professional Fiction
I am waiting for a story, and I won't take one, because I want to make one, and I like to make my own stories, because then I can take liberties with them in the treatment. --Elizabeth Barrett to Robert Browning; February 27, 1845 If, therefore,...
A Woman in the Mind's Eye (and Not): Narrators and Gazes in Chaucer's Clerk's Tale and in Two Analogues
As soon as one realizes that the act of seeing leads to self-conscious apprehension of spaces, distances, subjects, others, subjects as others, and others as subjects, this type of act raises questions concerning the connections between one's gaze...
Books Received
LANGUAGE Allen, James P. Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs. Cambridge U. Press, 1999. Pp. xiii + 510. $74.95 cloth, $29.95 paper. Ball, Rodney. Colloquial French Grammar: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Blackwell,...
Conciliation, Resistance and the Unspeakable in the Heart of Mid-Lothian
Scott's novels used to be seen as mixing regret for "the old days," when Scotland was an independent country, and "satisfaction at the peace, prosperity and progress which he felt had been assured by the Union."(1) This account has provided a useful...
Edmund Waller, English Precieux
Everyone who has pondered the vagaries of poetic reputations knows that Edmund Waller is a problem. When he died in 1687, his tomb was graced with a Latin epitaph that declared him "among the poets of his time, easily the first"--and the poets of his...
Evidence of Restoration Performances: Duke Ferdinand Albrecht's Annotated Playtexts from 1664-65
Annotated English playtexts at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuttel, Germany, provide significant performance documentation for the early Restoration stage that not only corroborates the sketchy records already known but also add previously...
Ruskin and Particularity: Fors Clavigera and the 1870s
Ruskin's relationship with Pre-Raphaelitism was often, and still is often misunderstood. The common assumption is that Ruskin preached a doctrine of art's absolute fidelity to the particularities of the natural world, and that the early Pre-Raphaelites...