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. 89, No. 1, Winter

From the Inside Out: The Poetics of Lazarillo De Tormes
The most celebrated of poetics, that of Aristotle, established a protocol for tragic drama based in great part on Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, a source of inspiration and exemplarity. For one in search of a model for the novel--a form that has lent itself...
Further Comments on Alfonso De Valdes as Author of Lazarillo De Tormes
The discovery of a note attesting to the existence of a corrected copy of Lazarillo de Tormes and the Propaladia among the papers of Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, held by Juan Lopez de Velasco, has sparked renewed interest in the question of authorship...
Introduction: Transnational Picaresque
The anonymous Lazarillo de Tormes, the first picaresque novel, was written in the mid-sixteenth century. No copies of the editio princeps have survived; the four oldest extant editions all date from 1554, and were printed in the Spanish towns of Medina...
Picaros, Pirates, and Colonial History
I am now imbark't. I have set foot a Ship-boord, and I cannot goe backe. The Dice are throwne; my promise is past, and I cannot recall it. I have begun, and I must goe on.--Guzman de Alfarache, part 2 Guillaume-Thomas Raynal's Philosophical and...
Russia, the Road, and the Rogue: The Genesis of a National Tradition
One of Russia's most nagging conundrums concerns its relationship to the West. Ever since the reign of Peter the Great, Russians have regularly disagreed among themselves regarding their identity: are they "Europeans" or something intrinsically different,...
The Picaresque According to Cervantes
There is an unfortunate and enduring belief among non-Hispanist scholars that Miguel de Cervantes was a writer of the picaresque and that his most famous protagonist, Don Quixote, is a picaresque (anti)hero. This misjudgment, mostly outside Spain,...
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