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. 82, No. 1, Winter

Beyond Words and Deeds: Montaigne's Soldierly Style
Elegance of style is not a manly ornament (Non est ornamentum virile concinnitas) --Montaigne, citing Seneca in "A consideration upon Cicero" (1:40, 251a) (1) That I, the son of the dear murdered, Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,...
Books Received
LANGUAGE Fortescue, Michael, Eva Skafte Jensen, et al., eds. Historical Linguistics 2003: Selected Papers from the 16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics. Amsterdam:John Benjamins, 2005. Pp.ix + 319. $144.00. Houston, Stephen...
British Conquistadors and Aztec Priests: The Horror of Southey's Madoc
To European imaginations in the early nineteenth century, the world was larger than ever before. What Raymond Schwab described as an Oriental Renaissance, an eager European exploration of world cultures in the late eighteenth century, continued...
Love and Charisma in the Tristan et Iseut of Beroul
The prevarications invented by Beroul's Tristan and Iseut to disguise their love affair have elicited much critical attention over the years. However, one significant aspect of the lovers' lies bears further examination: that they are, in fact,...
Montaigne's "De L'art De Conferer": Conference as an Act of Friendship
It is now standard practice to interpret Michel de Montaigne's view of friendship through a pre- and post-lapsarian framework, drawing namely from the author's central essay "De l'amitie" (1.28). Prior to the death of Estienne de La Boetie, Montaigne's...
Robert Gould's Attacks on the London Stage, 1689 and 1709: The Two Versions of "The Playhouse: A Satyr"
Scholars have paid astonishingly little attention to Robert Gould's "The Playhouse: A Satyr," first published in a collection of his poems in 1689 and reissued in 1709 shortly after his death in a longer and significantly revised version. Montague...