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. 75, No. 2, Spring

Defoe and the Art of War
1 Few lines in Defoe's writings are more startling to the modern sensibility than those that appear near the beginning of his "Introduction" to An Essay upon Projects where he attempted to define the nature of the "Projecting Age" in which he...
Hazlitt and the Real Language of Poetry
In his Letter to William Gifford, Hazlitt attributes the fidelity to truth in his literary criticism to his early discovery of metaphysical truth, offering, in explication of that truth, a lengthy summary of the Essay on the Principles of Human Action...
Margery Kempe: Spectacle and Spiritual Governance
One question that readers of the Book of Margery Kempe consistently take up is just what authorizes Margery's mystic utterance and her claims to saintly status.(1) Recently Sarah Beckwith has raised the underlying issues of the late medieval "crisis...
Swift's Corrected Copy of 'Contests and Dissensions,' with Other Pamphlets from His Library
"Dr. Swift frequently cleaned his Library, to clear it of Rubbish," George Faulkner reported years after his death. Faulkner was explaining Swift's habit of discarding his old sermons and other manuscripts "which did not please him," but he might...
"Vision" in "The Holy Grail": Tennyson's Theistic Skepticism
Contexts for Interpretation Few students of Tennyson have denied the necessity of studying his poems in their many historical contexts, if we are to make valid interpretations. We must survey the main formal elements of the poem, its dramatic...
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