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. 76, No. 1, Winter

"Life and Death Are Neighbours Nigh": Hardy's 'A Pair of Blue Eyes' and the Uses of Incongruity
In both his fiction and his poetry Thomas Hardy could juxtapose deliberately mismatched elements in remarkably artful ways: one thinks, for example, of the striking effect he achieved by having the dying Jude's recital of verses from Job made to the...
Marriage, Celibacy, and Ritual in Robert Herrick's 'Hesperides.'
Over the past two decades, Robert Herrick's relationship to Stuart culture has been steadily reassessed. Literary scholars have firmly refuted the notion that Herrick was a jolly naif who frolicked about Devon oblivious to the turmoil of the 1640s,...
Some Quotations in Keats's Poetry
Is there in truth no beauty? George Herbert, "Jordan"(1) John Keats often used the rhetorical device of quotation in his poetry. He did so in a variety of ways and sometimes with unclear directions to his reader. His aberrant use of quotation...
The Feminized Cross of 'The Dream of the Rood.'
The canonicity of The Dream of the Rood makes the poem seem almost impervious to contemporary incursions of literary theory and modern politics. Seminal articles by Margaret Schlauch (1940) and Rosemary Woolf (1958) are complemented by Michael Swanton's...