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. 90, No. 1, Winter

Auerbach's Shakespeare
IN THE EPILOGUE TO HIS GREAT WORK of literary criticism, Mimesis, Erich Auerbach reflects on the lack of European books and library support for his project. A scholar of Romance languages and literatures, Auerbach had been compelled to leave his post...
Christina Rossetti's Secrets
HOW MIGHT a Focus on Christina Rossetti's poetry recast the relationships among secrets, subjectivity, and gender? Studies of nineteenth-century literary subjectivity have tended to follow one of two tracks: either exploring the limits to and the possibilities...
Genre Labels on the Title Pages of English Fiction, 1660-1800
WHAT DID WRITERS AND PRINTERS of fiction in the eighteenth century call their work? At what point does the terra "novel" become the dominant name for long works of prose fiction? Arundell Esdaile wrote in 1912 that romance "expresses the desire to...
John Gower: Poems on Contemporary Events
John Gower: Poems on Contemporary Events edited by David R. Carlson, with a verse translation by A. G. Rigg. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2011. Pp. viii + 419. $150. In the Visio Anglie and the Cronica tripertita, Gower writes...
Milton and Maternal Mortality
Milton and Maternal Mortality by Louis Schwartz. Cambridge U. Press, 2009. Pp.282. Paper $36.99. This is a smart, elegant book that powerfully illuminates our understanding of Milton and women. It accomplishes this by focusing upon a historical...
"The Dullissimo Maccaroni": Masculinities in She Stoops to Conquer
IN ACT 4 OF OLIVER GOLDSMITH'S She Stoops to Conquer (1773), Charles Marlow suddenly discovers the deception practiced on him when he learns that Liberty Hall, Mr. Hardcastle's house, is not an inn. His immediate response includes not only personal...
The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction after the Invention of the News
The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction after the Invention of the News by Matthew Rubery. Oxford U. Press, 2009. Pp. 248. $65. The most exciting works today in Victorian literary studies do more than merely provide new interdisciplinary approaches...
The Virgin Mary and the Perfect Meulequin: Translating a Textile Analogy in Marguerite Porete's Mirror of Simple Souls
IT IS AN EVOCATIVE MOMENT when, in chapter 126 of the Mirouer des simples ames, Marguerite Porete has the personified Soul describe the Virgin Mary as a perfect saint with exemplary humility, by the analogy that Mary did not have even as much shortcoming...