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. 72, No. 2, Spring

Deadly Letters in King Lear
King James, then King of Scotland, wrote to his cousin Queen Elizabeth, probably in 1586, annoyed that she had failed to respond to an earlier letter: "For ye know dead letters cannot answer no questions." (1) I will explore some of the letters in...
Deadly Letters in 'King Lear.'
King James, then King of Scotland, wrote to his cousin Queen Elizabeth, probably in 1586, annoyed that she had failed to respond to an earlier letter: "For ye know dead letters cannot answer no questions."(1) I will explore some of the letters in King...
Designs on Truth: The Poetics of the Augustan Mock-Epic
Designs on Truth: The Poetics of the Augustan Mock-Epic, by Gregory G. Colomb. Pennsylvania State U. Press, 1992. Pp. xxi + 228. In this book Colomb pursues two primary goals. Firstly, he tries to provide a useful summary description of the Augustan...
Early Poems by - and Not by - Fielding
On November 1727 appeared a pair of poems, advertised as "The Coronation. A Poem. And an Ode on the Birth-day. By Mr. Fielding," printed for Benjamin Creake and sold by James Roberts. We know of this publication only from the newspaper advertising,...
Early Poems By-And Not By-Fielding
On November 1727 appeared a pair of poems, advertised as "The Coronation. A Poem. And an Ode on the Birth-day. By Mr. Fielding," printed for Benjamin Creake and sold by James Roberts. We know of this publication only from the newspaper advertising,...
Gender Construction and the Kunstlerroman: David Copperfield and Aurora Leigh
1 A nineteenth-century Romantic genre, the Kunstlerroman, as a kind of palimpsest, conceals the material concerns of the writer by asserting that self-making is an art. Indeed, a rewriting and erasure of the self, the Kunstlerroman's conscious project...
Gender Construction and the 'Kunstlerroman': 'David Copperfield' and 'Aurora Leigh.'
1 A nineteenth-century Romantic genre, the Kunstlerroman, as a kind of palimpsest, conceals the material concerns of the writer by asserting that self-making is an art. Indeed,a rewriting and erasure of the self, the Kunstlerroman's conscious...
"I Am Al Othir to Yow Than Yee Weene": Hoccleve, Women, and the Series
In 1399, Christine de Pisan began her assault on the misogynistic writings that were so popular in late medieval Europe with her Epistre au dieu d'amours, a poem in which Cupid defends women against what Christine considered the defamation of their...
"I Am Al Othir to Yow Than Yee Weene": Hoccleve, Women, and the 'Series.' (Thomas Hoccleve)
In 1399, Christine de Pisan began her assault on the misogynistic writings that were so popular in late medieval Europe with her Epistre au dieu d'amours, a poem in which Cupid defends women against what Christine considered the defamation of their...
Original Sin as Treason in Act 1 of the Mystere d'Adam
In 1939, Kenneth Urwin remarked on the "essentially feudal" attitudes expressed by God, Adam, and Eve in the twelfthcentury Anglo-Norman liturgical drama, the Mystere d'Adam. (1) Since then, such scholars as Calin, Hunt, Noomen, Odenkirchen, Payen,...
Original Sin as Treason in Act 1 of the 'Mystere d'Adam.'
In 1939, Kenneth Urwin remarked on the "essentially feudal" attitudes expressed by God, Adam, and Eve in the twelfthcentury Anglo-Norman liturgical drama, the Mystere d'Adam.(1) Since then, such scholars as Calin, Hunt, Noomen, Odenkirchen, Payen,...
Richard Aldington: An Autobiography in Letters
Richard Aldington: An Autobiography in Letters, edited by Norman T. Gates. Pennsylvania State U. Press, 1992. From his earliest years in London's literary circles in 1911, Richard Aidington has been a figure of controversy. As the youngest of the...
Sola Fide? Samuel Johnson and the Augustinian Doctrine of Salvation
For over thirty years, Donald J. Greene has been championing the orthodoxy of eighteenth-century Anglicanism in response to the many scholars who have concluded that the beliefs of Samuel Johnson and his contemporaries deviate from the cardinal doctrines...
Tennyson's Sublunary Grail
Apologue, Fable, Poesy, and Parable, Are false, but may be rendered also true, By those who sow them in a land that's arable: 'T is wonderful what Fable will not do! 'T is said it makes Reality more bearable.... (Lord...
Tennyson's Sublunary Grail
Apologue, Fable, Poesy, and Parable, Are false, but may be rendered also true, By those who sow them in a land that's arable: 'T is wonderful what Fable will not dot 'T is said it makes Reality more bearable.... (Lord Byron, Don Juan...

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