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. 77, No. 1, Winter

Encrypted Messages: Men, Women, and Figurative Language in Decameron 5.4
In an expert and thought-provoking reading of tragic and comic stories in the Decameron, Millicent Marcus proposes that several of the most brutal tragedies are the result of the literalization of metaphor, and that Filostrato's tale of Ricciardo Manardi...
Lancelot Andrewes, Plagiarism, and Pedagogy at Hampton Court in 1606
The scheme was directed at some wayward Scottish Presbyterians. In 1606, King James I arranged to have four of his leading divines--William Barlow, Bishop of Rochester; John Buckeridge, Vicar of St. Giles; Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Chichester; and...
"Shook the Arsenal": Paradise Regained 4. 270
Thence to the famous orators repair, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democraty, Shook the Arsenal and fulmined over Greece, To Macedon, and Artaxerxes' throne. (Paradise Regained 4. 267-71)(1) ...
The Implied Theology of Vanity Fair
My dearest Mammy. I must write you a line, and kiss my dearest old Mother, though we differ ever so much about the Old Testament. (Thackeray, Letters 3:168) 1 In The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis declares "`Vanity of vanities, and all...
Unstrung Conversations: Herbert's Negotiations with God
In the fourteen-line catalogue of metaphors that constitutes Herbert's "Prayer (I)," the speaker describes prayer as a "soul in paraphrase" (3) and "something understood" (14).(1) Both render the subtle experience of (and hope for) perfect communication...
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