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. 83, No. 1, Winter

H. G. Wells, Visionary Telescopes, and the "Matter of Mars"
Famously, H. G. Wells traced the begetting of The War of the Worlds to a casual remark made by his brother Frank on a walk through rural Surrey. "Suppose some beings from another planet were to drop out of the sky suddenly ... and begin laying about...
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"Rare in Burlesque": Northanger Abbey
Dors, dors, mon enfant, Jusqu'a l'age de quinze ans, A quinze ans faut te reveiller, A quinze ans faut te marier. It has been appreciated for many years that a special part of the appeal and literary-historical significance of Northanger Abbey lies...
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Reading Romance in Late Medieval England: The Case of the Middle English Ipomedon
Along with the text's materiality, the reading modality constitutes an external variable that defines the reception of the literary work, and thus its signification. Despite its relevance, however, we often universalize our reading practices and assume...
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Weapons of Conversion: Mankind and Medieval Stage Properties
In the final scene of the medieval morality play Mankind, the character Mercy employs a dramatic piece of stage violence in order to insure Mankind's repentance and salvation. Having promised the audience that he will proceed forth and do his "propyrte"...
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Wish-Fulfillment Fantasies in Dryden's Aureng-Zebe
But wishes, Madam, are extravagant. They are not bounded with things possible: I may wish more then I presume to tell: Desire's the vast extent of humane mind. --Aureng-Zebe, 2.1.52-55 The prologue and the dedication to Dryden's Aureng-Zebe,...
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