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. 87, No. 1-2, Spring

"As Mote in at a Munster Dor": Sanctuary and Love of This World
In Patience, the Gawain-poet's retelling of the story of Jonah and the whale, the moment of Jonah's comeuppance conjures an image of a cathedral: he tumbles into the filthy jaws "as mote in at a munster dor" (268). (1) There in the belly of the whale,...
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Choreographing Mouvance: The Case of the English Carol
This essay sets mouvance newly in motion by asking it to trace the steps of an ancient dance. As an approach to manuscript traditions, Paul Zumthor's term mouvance and the various critical models that revisit and elaborate upon it have proven extremely...
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Corporeal Anxiety in Soul and Body II
Scholars have long recognized that Soul and Body, an Old English poem that depicts a damned soul berating the body it once inhabited, was intended to serve as a spiritually prophylactic work. The soul is brutal as it enumerates the sins the body has...
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Fashioning Change: Wearing Fortune's Garments in Medieval England
Almost from the moment of Fortune's inception as a literary and cultural trope, clothing emerged unchallenged as the goddess's material good par excellence, central as it was to the core symbolism of losing (or being stripped of) one's goods and status....
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Holy Familiars: Enclosure, Work, and the Saints at Syon Abbey
The saints played a significant role in the life of any medieval Christian: structuring the sense of time through their feast days, appearing in church paintings and sculptures, featuring in sermons and Gospel readings, acting as intercessors and patrons...
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In the last decade, medieval literary studies has been undergoing something of a renaissance as scholars have troubled stereotypes about the "myopia" of the discipline by bringing the premodern past in dialogue with new theories, methodologies and...
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Is There a Minstrel in the House?: Domestic Entertainment in Late Medieval England
Medievalists have been arguing about minstrels for nearly two and a half centuries. This argument is both older than, and fundamental to, medieval studies as an academic discipline. Indeed, perhaps the only older, longer-running argument in the study...
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Modern and Medieval Books: A Review Essay
A growing bibliography in medieval studies is beginning to take whole books seriously. As manuscript studies in general have flourished, scholars have been increasingly interested not only in extracting texts from manuscripts for modern editions, but...
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The New Fifteenth Century: Humanism, Heresy, and Laureation
This essay examines three recent books focused on the fifteenth century--Robert Meyer-Lee's Poets and Power from Chaucer to Wyatt (Cambridge U. Press, 2007), Daniel Wakelin's Humanism, Reading, and English Literature: 1430-1530 (Oxford U. Press, 2007),...
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