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. 4, Fall

Books Received
CLASSICS INCLUDING LATER LATIN Algra, Keimpe, et al., eds. The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy. Cambridge U. Press, 2005. Pp. xix + 916. $210.00 cloth, $48.00 paper. Allen, Joel. Hostages and Hostage-Taking in the Roman Empire. Cambridge...
Female Devotion and the Vercelli Book
The reception theories of Hans Robert Jauss provide a vocabulary with which to explore Vercelli, Archivio Capitolare manuscript 117, the Anglo-Saxon religious manuscript usually referred to as the Vercelli Book. (1) Jauss's concept of literature's...
How Naked Is Juliana?
In the foreword to a recent collection on nakedness and the body in Anglo-Saxon art, literature, and society, Benjamin C. Withers poses a formidable problem for modern interpretations of medieval nakedness: he argues that the "cultural ambivalences...
Lexicography of the Feminine: Matilda Betham's Dictionary of Celebrated Women
The poet, painter, and biographer Matilda Betham (1776-1852) earned her own place in the annals of literary history chiefly through her friendships with and portraiture of famous men, most notably the British Romantic poets S. T. Coleridge and Robert...
Oscar Wilde's "The Sphinx"-A Dramatic Monologue of the Dandy as a Young Man?
With the exception of The Ballad of Reading Gaol and the occasional comment on "The Harlot's House," Oscar Wilde's poetic production has now been almost completely eclipsed by the tremendous academic and popular-culture attention given to his dramas,...
The Prophet's Conundrum: Poetic Soaring in Milton's "Nativity Ode" and "The Passion"
Milton, it is often stressed, was a sect of one. However, to overemphasize the rebellious nature of Milton's early religious convictions is to conceal a basic biographical fact: he was raised a devout Perkinsian Calvinist, not a radical, free thinking...