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. 77, No. 3, Summer

Aphra Behn's Miscellanies: The Politics and Poetics of Editing
In the 1680s Aphra Behn published widely in many genres, including fiction, poetry, and drama; she also edited Miscellany (1685) and Lycidus (1688), two miscellanies which included poetry and poetic translations by a number of contributors.(1) By editing...
Books Received
LANGUAGE Nikolski, Valery. Russian-English Dictionary of Contemporary Slang: A Guide to the Living Language of Today. 2nd ed. rev. by James Davie. Nottingham: Bramcote Press, 1997. Pp. vii + 139. $19.95. Perret, Michele. Introduction a l'historie...
More Than a Line: The Unmistakable Impression of Significance and the Dashes of Henry James
Henry James's authorial signature clearly is bound to the undecidability in the stylistics of his published prose. His personal notebooks, however, reveal that the horizontal line (in the form of dashes and underlining) is how this former visual artist...
"Myne by Right": Oath Making and Intent in the Friar's Tale
1. INTRODUCTION The swearing of oaths, so prominent in The Friar's Tale, was considered serious business in late medieval England, for oaths carried not only supernatural weight but also contractual significance and legal authority. I agree with...
"The Ende Therfore of a Perfect Courtier" in Baldassare Castiglione's the Courtier
Modern critics have attempted to fit Baldassare Castiglione's Il Cortegiano into a single classification or genre.(1) Wayne Rebhorn has argued very persuasively that: "Ultimately, Castiglione's book lives not in its ideas, but in the complex dialectical...
The Wife's Lament in the Context of Scandinavian Myth and Ritual
Amidst the plethora of interpretations of The Wife's Lament,(1) some of which will be reviewed in the conclusion of this essay, one approach is worthy of special note and will form the foundation of the current inquiry.(2) In his "Heathen Form and...