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. 79, No. 3, Summer

Authorizing the Reader in Chaucer's House of Fame
1 It is curious that Chaucer tends to portray himself as a "reader" rather than as an "author" in his major works. The dream-visions of The Parliament of Fowls and The Book of the Duchess are fueled by the reading material the narrator claims to...
Books Received
LANGUAGE Grote, Dale A. A Comprehensive Guide to Wheelock's Latin. Newly revised for Wheelock's 6th edition. Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 2000. Pp. xxiii + 338. CLASSICS INCLUDING LATER LATIN Alden, Maureen. Homer Beside Himself: Para-Narratives...
Circumventing Petrarch: Subreading Ovid's Tristia in Spenser's Amoretti
By writing the Amoretti as a Petrarchan sonnet sequence that leads to the marriage celebrated in the Epithalamion, Spenser faced a structural problem: not only does Petrarch's Rime sparse not contain imagery of the kind of mutual love that Spenser...
Hallam, Tennyson, Homosexuality and the Critics
In his introduction to Byron and Greek Love, Louis Crompton identifies a "central issue confronting gay studies"--"the friendship problem": If a novel, poem, or essay describes or expresses ardent feelings for a member of the same sex, when are...
Sexual Commerce in Trollope's Phineas Novels
1 The full realization of a competitive market economy in the wake of the industrial revolution has left its mark on Victorian literature. The nineteenth-century realist novel, with its penchant for social commentary, provides a valuable resource...
The Politics of Gender, Puritanism, and Shakespeare's Third Folio
Nicholas Rowe and Alexander Pope were probably reluctant to see their editions of Shakespeare include six plays, now called "apocryphal." (1) Philip Chetwind first bound these plays, and Pericles, to Shakespeare's works for a second printing of the...
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