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. 74, No. 1, Winter

"Ceo Fu la Summe De L'escrit" (Chevrefoil, Line 61) Again
There are certain lines of Old French poetry so memorable that they have come to function as emblems for the whole work in which they appear. In the Roland, "Halt sunt li pui e li val tenebrus"(1) is a vertiginous and gloomy evocation of the battlefield...
Exploitation and Excommunication in 'The Wife of Bath's Tale.'
What is shocking about the rape which precipitates the events of The Wife of Bath's Tale is the fact that it is apparently not expected to shock. It shocks not simply because it is reported as casually as it happened, its violence muted by an elision...
Interpolated Poetry, the Novel and Female Accomplishment
By and large, men in the eighteenth century were willing to resign to women the novelistic domain, since novels and romances were considered but "trifling productions."(1) Most men, however, still thought themselves preeminent in the more serious intellectual...
'King John' and 'The Troublesome Raigne': Sources, Structure, Sequence
The debate goes on: is Shakespeare's King John a source or a derivative of the anonymous The Troublesome Raigne of King John (1591)? In 1989 "the `orthodox' opinion that The Troublesome Raigne precedes King John" seemed to one critic "now ... so strong...
The Neo-Sensation Novel: A Contemporary Genre in the Victorian Tradition
The sensation novel, popularized in the 1860s by Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, and their contemporaries, has recently reappeared in fiction of the kind generally considered "serious literature." Graham Swift's Waterland (1983), Margaret Drabble's...
Transformations in the Futurist Technological Mythopoeia
Because Marinetti programmatically identified his futurist enterprise with the empowering developments of new technology, he is generally considered a paradigmatic modernist, the writer who most vehemently and singlemindedly celebrated radical technological...