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. 3-4, Summer-Fall

Beyond Words: The Othering Excursion in Contemporary American Literature
Beyond Words: The Othering Excursion in Contemporary American Literature by Wendy Harding and Jacky Martin. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. Pp. xv + 227. $69.99. Wendy Harding and Jacky Martin offer Beyond Words: The Othering...
Catholics Writing the Nation in Early Modern Britain and Ireland
Catholics Writing the Nation in Early Modern Britain and Ireland by Christopher Highley. Oxford U. Press, 2008. Pp. xi + 231. $99.00 Christopher Highley's important new book tells a series of unfamiliar stories about the way early modern British...
Cervantes in Seventeenth-Century England: The Tapestry Turned
Cervantes in Seventeenth-Century England: The Tapestry Turned by Dale B.J. Randall and Jackson C. Boswell. Oxford U. Press, 2009. Pp. xlii + 719. $160. Remapping the Rise of the European Novel edited by Jenny Mander. Studies in Voltaire and the...
"Dum Ludis Floribus": Language and Text in the Medieval English Lyric
The past decade has seen a revived, scholarly attention to the medieval English lyric. This renewed energy comes from a variety of sources. One is a response to years of relative neglect. Anthologies and readers have, since the 1970s, tended to reprint...
Gower's Beast Allegories in the 1381 Visio Anglie
The poet himself, John Gower (c. 1330-1408), equivocates, in his allegory of beasts setting about to invade London, at the beginning of the 1381 Visio Anglie, transmitted as the first book of the Vox clamantis. (1) At once, the poet's peasant-revolutionaries...
Grendel's Glof: Beowulf Line 2085 Reconsidered
While reporting on his fight with Grendel to Hygelac's court (2069b-2100), Beowulf interrupts the building suspense of his narrative at the very moment when Grendel is grasping for him with an eager hand to describe what appears to be a dragon-skin...
"Her Failing Voice Endeavoured, in Vain, to Articulate": Sense and Disability in the Novels of Elizabeth Inchbald
Critical discussion of Elizabeth Inchbald's 1791 novel, A Simple Story, recently has been reawakened in the context of a discipline-wide reconsideration of the links among gender, affect, and the body. Readers have assessed the novel's constructions...
Reading Othello's Skin: Contexts and Pretexts
Othello has become a play about its hero's blackness, and, for many, a racist play. Until the nineteenth century, the Moor was a tragic hero whose color was irrelevant and whose greatness and savagery could be considered together without contradiction....
Space and the "March of Mind": Literature and the Physical Sciences in Britain 1815-1850
Space and the "March of Mind": Literature and the Physical Sciences in Britain 1815-1850 by Alice Jenkins. Oxford U. Press, 2007. Pp. 257. $60. The title of Alice Jenkins's Space and the "March of Mind" is tantalizingly vague--the word "space" simultaneously...
The Drama of the Portrait: Theater and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain
The Drama of the Portrait: Theater and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain by Laura R. Bass. University Park: Pennsylvania State U. Press, 2009. Pp. vii + 180. $75. In The Drama of the Portrait Laura R. Bass offers insightful and well-researched...
The Fiction of Imprudence
But as to poor Jones, such are the calamities in which he is at present involved, owing to his imprudence. The History of Tom Jones (1) THE PRESUMPTION OF IMAGINATIVE PRUDENCE In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristode describes intellectual virtue...
Un-Gypsying the Gypsies: Arnold's Wandering Metaphor of Time
The Gypsies captured Matthew Arnold's imagination. Between 1849 and 1866, Arnold published four poems in which Gypsies play a central or significant role. Both "To a Gipsy Child by the Sea-Shore" and "Resignation" appeared in the volume of 1849. Four...
Writing Back: Robert Persons and the Early Modern English Catholic Subject
The subject of Roman Catholicism has returned to English Renaissance studies. Enabled by the work of historians such as John Bossy, Christopher Haigh, revisionists J. J. Scarisbrick and Eamon Duffy, as well as studies of anti-Catholicism by Peter Lake,...