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. 3, Summer

Books Received
CLASSICS INCLUDING LATER LATIN Cicero. Political Speeches. Trans. D. H. Berry. Oxford U. Press, 2006. Pp. xl + 345. $13.95. Cosmopoulos, Michael B., ed. The Parthenon and its Sculptures. Cambridge U. Press, 2004. Pp. xvi + 214. $75.00. Dillon,...
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Henry James's Children and the Gift of Friendship
1 Much of the current scholarship devoted to Henry James examines his work in relation to the cultural context in which he was living and writing. In studying this milieu scholars have focused in particular on social relations, especially changing...
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Isaac Bickerstaff's Copyrights-And a Biographical Discovery
Isaac Bickerstaff, the most successful musical-drama librettist of the 1760s, fled London in May 1772 to escape prosecution for sodomy. Though he may have died as late as 1816, the rest of his life is virtually a blank. In the standard biography, Peter...
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Secrets, Gossip and Gender in William Dunbar's the Tretis of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo
Whether shared politically as diplomacy, religiously as confession, intellectually as knowledge, or socially as gossip, secrets structured power relations in medieval society, just as they do today. (1) People who hold them can use them to gain an...
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The Last Days of Lord Peterborough: The Earl, the Opera Singer, and a New Letter by Pope
One of the most piquant episodes in the early history of English opera concerns a secret marriage between the third Earl of Peterborough and the singer Anastasia Robinson. According to The Complete Peerage, "this appears to be the first marriage of...
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The Plainsong of the Double Dream of Spring: John Ashbery, Olivier Messiaen, and Rituals of the Sacred
In all this springing up was no hint Of a tide, only a pleasant wavering of the air In which all things seemed present, whether Just past or soon to come. It was all invitation. John Ashbery, "Scheherazade," Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirro (1) ...
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