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. 80, No. 4, Fall

Books Received
LANGUAGE Hansen, Hans Lauge, ed. Changing Philologies: Contributions to the Redefinition of Foreign Language Studies in the Age of Globalisation. Museum Tusculanum Press, U. of Cophenhagen, 2002. Pp. 160. $22.00 paper. CLASSICS INCLUDING LATER...
Edited Text and Medieval Artifact: The Auchinleck Bookshop and "Charlemagne and Roland" Theories, Fifty Years Later
It's an interesting time to be a medievalist. For several years now, and in academic venues ranging from print to conference to classroom, textual critics of late medieval literature have demonstrated a multiform alienation from the work of their scholarly...
Ovid's Medieval Metamorphosis: Techniques of Persuasion in Chretien De Troyes' Philomena
Medieval readings of Ovid often question our basic assumptions about the relationship between the text and its source. (1) Although reading medieval literature is always complicated by historical and temporal distance, medieval readings of Ovid often...
Referentiality and Modern Poetics
Within the complex of causes and conditions behind the decline of academic humanism, some observers have imputed the virtual collapse of literary study in particular to the depredations of poststructuralist literary criticism. Whatever the justice...
The King's Family: Securing the Kingdom in Asser's Vita Alfredi
Recent work on Asser's Vita Alfredi has pursued two separate but complementary directions. While one set of scholars has returned to the question of authenticity, asking whether the work is a genuine ninth-century text or a forgery, the other has focused...
The Ruined Abbey in the Eighteenth Century
In the first decades of the eighteenth century, little was known about Britain's ruined abbeys, but by the 1790s they had become prime tourist destinations, and poems and paintings featuring ruined abbeys became virtually a genre of their own. (1)...
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