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. 75, No. 1, Winter

Dryden's Sixth Satire of Juvenal and the Sexual Politics of Monarchy
While Dryden's translations of Juvenal have been combed for contemporary political and social resonances, his sixth satire, the best-known and most-anthologized, has been passed over in silence in this regard. The reason for this is undoubtedly the distraction...
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'Jure Divino': Defoe's "Whole Volume in Folio, by Way of Answer to, and Confutation of Clarendon's 'History of the Rebellion'."
In a 1704 issue of his journal, the Review, Defoe remarked that he was preparing a response to the earl of Clarendon's History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England (1702-4). Only Walter Wilson has noted this statement, in his pre-Victorian biography...
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Platonism in Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn.'
John Keats visited his friend, Benjamin Bailey, at Oxford University in the early fall of 1817. On 22 November 1817, Keats wrote to Bailey: "What the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth" (Letters 1:184).(1) The 22 November letter seems to be a...
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Shakespeare at Work: The Two Talbots
The enactment of the deaths of Talbot and his young son John in The First Part of Henry the Sixth is by all odds Shakespeare's first great theatrical success and therefore an event of great importance in the dramatist's progress. The evidence for this...
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The Society of Death in 'Home at Grasmere.'
There is One great society alone on earth: The noble living and the noble dead. (The Prelude [1805] 10.967-69) Once celebrated for healing natural supernaturalism, more recently Wordsworth's Home at Grasmere has been read for its tensions...
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Woolf's Metaphysics of Tragic Vision in 'To the Lighthouse.'
In "The Brown Stocking," a much quoted chapter of his celebrated study, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western literature, Eric Auerbach argues that To the Lighthouse inverts the conventional relation in fiction between inner and outer events:...
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