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. 81, No. 1, Winter

"Almost My Hope of Heaven": Idolatry and Messianic Symbolism in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
"My Master," he says, "has forewarned me. Daily he announces more distinctly,-'Surely I come quickly;' and hourly I more eagerly respond,--'Amen; even so come, Lord Jesus!" (1) ********** The ending of Jane Eyre, with its mysterious citation...
Books Received
LANGUAGE Balme, Maurice and Gilbert Lawall. Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek, Book II, 2nd ed. Oxford U. Press, 2003. Pp. xviii + 378. Trenchard, Warren C. A Concise Dictionary of New Testament Greek. Cambridge U. Press, 2003. Pp....
"Ill-Matching Words and Deeds Long Past": Englished Hebrew and "The Readmission of the Jews" in Paradise Lost
Barring the official pronouncements of the leaders of what were to become the "orthodox" versions of both religions, one could travel, metaphorically, from rabbinic Jew to Christian along a continuum where one hardly would know where one stopped...
John Fletcher in 1600-1601: Two Early Poems, an Involvement in the "Poets' War," and a Network of Literary Connections
"We know nothing" of John Fletcher the playwright, "through the crucial years from eighteen to twenty-eight." So G. R. Proudfoot has said, and other commentators affirm this lack of knowledge. (1) Born in 1579, John Fletcher is likely to have studied...
Suffering and the York Plays
[H]aue trewe ymaginacion & inwarde compassion of pe peynes & pe passion of oure lorde Jesu verrey god & man. [W]e shole vndurstande pat as his wil was to suffre pe hardest dep & most sorouful peynes, for pe redempcion of mankynde[,]...
Woman's Heterosexual Experience in Christa Wolf's Kassandra: A Critique of GDR Feminism
Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Christa Wolf was relentlessly attacked in the West German media for her publication of Was Bleibt (What Remains, 1990), a novella recounting an author's sense of persecution when spied on by the...