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. 84, No. 1, Winter

Marketing Middlebrow Feminism: Elizabeth Von Arnim, the New Woman and the Fin-De-Siecle Book Market
The monthly report of the libraries all over the country, as printed in 'The Critic' this month, shows that the most popular book of the hour is 'Elizabeth and Her German Garden.' But who wrote the book neither author nor publisher will tell. It is...
Slanderers and Saints: The Function of Slander in the Book of Margery Kempe
[F]or he hade pe wordes of euerlastynge life. And so pat was sklandre to pe bade, was vertuese to pe gode. --Nicholas Love, The Mirror of the Blessed Lire of Jesus Christ (1) In chapter nine of Book Two of The Book of Margery Kempe, Margery arrives...
Taking Care: A Slightly Levinasian Reading of Dombey and Son
Our quaint metaphysical opinions in an hour of anguish are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick. --Samuel Taylor Coleridge In 1988, Arion Press of San Francisco published a fine-press edition of Laurence Sterne's Life and Opinions...
The Anchorhold as Symbolic Space in Ancrene Wisse
Ancrene Wisse, a guide for anchoresses written in the early thirteenth century, (1) uses a number of provocative images to describe and theorize the small cell in which the anchoress was to enclose herself for life. In the course of Ancrene Wisse,...
Translating toward Eternity: Dryden's Final Aspiration
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 Corinthians 13:11) Of all John Dryden's prefatorial disclosures, it would be difficult to find a better...