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. 2, Spring

"I Dig Joyce": Jack Kerouac and Finnegans Wake
The literary productions of Jack Kerouac have been persistently dogged by the misapprehension that he was an unschooled and simple recorder of the experiences that happened around him. Kerouac the writer has never been able to escape his public persona...
John Horne Tooke and the Grammar of Political Experience
In his History of the Royal Society, attempting to outline the conditions under which the empirical sciences can flourish, Thomas Sprat offers a by no means unfamiliar dictum on communication. The members of the Royal Society, he reports, have "been...
Surface and Interiority: Self-Creation in Margaret Cavendish's the Claspe
Recent criticism has generally agreed that Margaret Cavendish was one of the first English woman writers to conceive of and create a female subjecthood: Cavendish is credited with having constructed herself out of whole cloth, so to speak.(1) Current...
The "Fygure" of the Market: The N-Town Cycle and East Anglian Lay Piety
The biblical narratives in the N-Town plays--as in the mystery cycles generally--refer insistently to contemporary medieval beliefs, practices and institutions both in dialogue and in stage directions. Some of these anachronisms can be attributed to...
Thomas Clayton and the Introduction of Italian Opera to England
An overlooked source that helps document the introduction of all-sung Italian-style opera into England is the composer `Thomas Clayton's Preface to the word book to The Passion of Sappho and Feast of Alexander, prepared for a set of concerts of English...
Vonnegut's Melancholy
Vonnegut has just published what he says will be his final novel. This is an appropriate time, therefore, to try to come to terms with the totality of his output. Characterizing the array of books he has produced over the last 45 years is no easy task....