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. 2, Spring

Brother as Problem in the Troilus
Even before Diomedes arrives in the Greek camp with Criseyde, for whom the Trojans have exchanged the seemingly more valuable Antenor, the bold Greek hero positions himself as an inevitability. One of the requests he makes of Criseyde, in 21 lines...
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Captivating the Orient: The Marquis De Renoncour's Turkish Adventure
The marquis de Renoncour plays perhaps the most important "supporting role" in the history of eighteenth-century French literature. Renoncour's cameo appearance is so subtle, however, that many forget that he is in fact the invisible interlocutor...
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Nabokov's Primer: Letters and Numbers in the Real Life of Sebastian Knight
Sebastian Knight, a cipher in a novel, possesses no real life; what Nabokov labels as The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is, of course, mislabeled inasmuch as the words apply to the story the book coyly tells, as if the life were being recounted...
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Scandalous Categories: Classifying the Memoirs of Unconventional Women
In the last two decades, feminist scholars have recuperated a number of "scandalous memoirs," life-writings by and about transgressive women in the eighteenth century. As a result, works from Laetitia Pilkington's groundbreaking Memoirs (1748-54)...
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Supra-Natural Creation in Dunbar's "The Goldyn Targe"
Recent critical attention for William Dunbar's poem, "The Goldyn Targe," has revolved around the success or failure of the speaker's battles with carnal desires in a bucolic setting. (1) Dunbar's admixture of description and personification to portray...
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