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. 2, Spring

Antony's "Secret House of Death": Suicide and Sovereignty in Antony and Cleopatra
Just after Antony dies from a self-inflicted wound, Shakespeare's Cleopatra asks, "is it sin, / To rush into the secret house of death, / Ere death dare come to us?" (1) The question appears to be rhetorical; Cleopatra soon announces her intention...
Frozen with Fear: Virgil's Aeneid and Act 4, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's the Second Part of King Henry VI
In Act 4 of Shakespeare's The Second Part of King Henry VI, the Duke of Suffolk is captured after a battle at sea. The Captain of the ship plans to execute him. As Suffolk prepares to die, he says to Walter Whitmore, "Pene gelidus timor occupat artus:...
Labor, Alienation, and the Status of Being: The Rhetoric of Indolence in Beckett's Murphy
First published in 1938 after being rejected by forty-two publishers, Samuel Beckett's novel Murphy presents a highly subversive drama, one that recounts the title character's unyielding effort to avoid seeking employment in the London job market,...
Medieval Sources for Keatsian Creation in la Belle Dame Sans Merci
Critics have identified a considerable array of possible sources for Keats's La Belle Dame sans Merci including, but not limited to, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, and Canto 5 of Dante's Inferno. Ballads, such as Thomas...
The Lexicographer as Hero: Samuel Johnson and Henri Estienne
James Boswell wrote in the Life of Johnson of the Great Lexicographer's occasional playful allusion to the notions commonly entertained of his own laborious task. Thus: `Grub-street, the name of a street in London, much inhabited by writers of small...
The New Atalantis and Varronian Satire
What age of Varroes name shall not be told? Marlowe, Ovid's Elegies, 1.15.21 The initial sensation surrounding Delarivier Manley's pro-Tory allegory, The New Atalantis (1709), led to her arrest for libel; its continuing popularity prompted new editions...