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. 86, No. 4, Fall

Books Received
CLASSICS INCLUDING LATER LATIN Barker, Andrew. The Science of Harmonics in Classical Greece. Cambridge U. Press, 2007. Pp. xii + 481. $115. Behr, Francesca D'Alessandro. Feeling History: Lucan, Stoicism, and the Poetics of Passion. Ohio State...
Caring for the Dead in the Fortunes of Men
Whether it is an effect of what was once called the "somber cast of the Teutonic mind" or of St. Benedict's dictum to "have death always before our eyes," the Old English poetic tradition seems unusually given to depictions of the indignities suffered...
Editorial Statement
From its inception after the end of the First World War, PQ has published contributions in many genres of literary scholarship and has opened its pages to a wide range of critical methodologies. One constant over the years, however, has been its commitment...
Edmund Curll, Bookseller
Edmund Curll, Bookseller by Paul Baines and Pat Rogers. Clarendon Press, 2007. Pp. x + 388. $55. In 1927, Ralph Straus published a biography of the eighteenth-century bookseller Edmund Curll. The Unspeakable Curll (London: Chapman and Hall, 1927)...
Locating Byron: Languages, Voices, and Displaced Utterances
Exhausted and excited after crossing the Alps and sailing on Lake Maggiore, Byron arrived in Milan on 12 October 1816 and, the following day, wrote to his half-sister Augusta with no small degree of satisfaction: "I have got to Milan." (1) He had finally...
Northern Irish Literature: The Imprint of History
Northern Irish Literature: The Imprint of History by Michael Parker. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Volume 1, 1956-1975, pp. xx + 357. Volume 2, 1975-2006, pp. xix + 334. $125 per volume. In a talk given in 1989, the poet Michael Longley told...
Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell
Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell by Diane Kelsey McColley. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2007. Pp. 252. $89.95. Halfway through his essay "Walking," H. D. Thoreau asks "Where is the literature which gives expression to Nature?"...
Ruskin on His Sexuality: A Lost Source
Brantwood, Coniston, Lancashire May 15 '86 My dearest S. How little you know me, after all! After all these years! As if I ever cared about marriages!--The moment people marry I drop them like hot coals.--Go suckle your babies and don't...
The Mimesis of Time in Hamlet
Hamlet opens on intense attention to time, as the sentries "watch the minutes of this night" (1.1.30). (1) The emphasis gains thematic depth when Hamlet formulates his predicament in terms of temporal dislocation: "The time is out of joint. O cursed...
Translation and Adaptation in Tennyson's Battle of Brunanburh
Dost thou think Alexander look'd o' this fashion i' the earth? Hamlet, 5.1.217 Because of the special (some would say insurmountable) difficulties posed by the genre, literary translations commonly fail or succeed with critics based on their...
Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts: Typographic Inscription, Ekphrasis and Posterity in the Later Work
Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts: Typographic Inscription, Ekphrasis and Posterity in the Later Work by Peter Simonsen. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Pp. x + 216. $69.95. This meticulously researched monograph is the latest in a relatively...
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