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. 91, No. 2, Spring

Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature: Mediation and Affect
Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature: Mediation and Affect by Jen E. Boyle. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010. Pp. viii + 165. $89.95. The topic of anamorphosis, a form of visual perspective used to create hidden images that can be found only by...
Arms and the Book: "Workes," "Playes," and "Warlike Accoutrements" in William Cavendish's the Country Captain
IN THE OPENING SCENE of The Country Captain (ca. 1639), a play by William Cavendish, Earl (and later Duke) of Newcastle, the titular Mr. Underwit reports that he has been newly "made a Captain of the traind band" (9). (1) When his servant Thomas commends...
Introduction: Shakespeare for Sale
BEFORE ROMEO DESCRIBES the "beggarly account of empty boxes" in the poor apothecary's "needy shop," he pauses to remember an "alligator stuffed, and other skins / Of ill-shaped fishes" among the "musty seeds" and "remnants of packthread" (5.1.42-47)....
My Friend Tom: The Poet-Playwright Tennessee Williams
My Friend Tom: The Poet-Playwright Tennessee Williams by William Jay Smith. U. Press of Mississippi, 2012. Pp. xxii + 173. $28. This slight but warm volume is the first account of Tennessee Williams written by a bona fide friend of long standing....
Playbills, Prologues, and Playbooks: Selling Shakespeare Adaptations, 1678-82
THE YEARS 1678 to 1682 witnessed two related, yet seemingly unrelated, events: the monarchy faced its greatest threat since the 1640s, and William Shakespeare's plays underwent the most sustained period of alteration in his authorial afterlife. (1)...
Serials, Spinoffs, and Histories: Selling "Shakespeare" in Collection before the Folio
IN THE THEATRICAL SEASON OF 1590-91, the Lord Pembroke's Men staged two plays that chronicled the demise of King Henry VI of England and dramatized episodes in the War of the Roses. (1) The first play depicted a span of events from Henry VI's marriage...
Shakespeares Theatrical Folio
ROUGHLY A DECADE before the quadricentennial of Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies--more popularly known as the "First Folio"--it seems the celebration has already begun. Anthony James West has already graced us with his...
The Market for Playbooks and the Development of the Reading Public
ELIZABETHAN STATIONERS WHO PRINTED AND SOLD PLAYS were creating a reading public, and the physical properties of early playbooks can tell us a good deal about how that public came into being. The appearance of title pages and of paratextual materials...
The Shakespeare Apocrypha and Canonical Expansion in the Marketplace
1 IN MARCH 2010, Brean Hammond's new edition of Lewis Theobald's Double Falsehood was added to the ongoing third series of the Arden Shakespeare, prompting a barrage of criticism in the academic press and the popular media. (1) Responses to the...