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. 4, Fall

Introduction: Early Modern Dis/locations
NOT FAR INTO HIS SEMINAL 1974 WORK, The Production of Space, Henri Lefebvre makes the following claim about space, and how we understand it in the modern West: The fact is that around 1910 a certain space was shattered. It was the space of common...
Locating Lady Jane Grey: The Tower of London in Michael Drayton's Englands Heroicall Epistles
ACCORDING TO DON MITCHELL, whereas past theories of culture emphasized time, new cultural theory, as it is developing in geography, cultural studies, and many allied disciplines, stresses space, understanding culture to be constituted through space."...
Performing Places in Thomas Dekker's Old Fortunatus
PERFORMANCE" AND "PLACE" are difficult and ambiguous terms. To undertake the former both requires and establishes the latter. Places, or what Henri Lefebvre calls socially produced spaces, are informed and shaped by the effects of the social practices...
The Aims and Pitfalls of "Historical Interpretation"
WHAT EXACTLY DO WE MEAN when we invoke the concept of "historical interpretation"? In nuts-and-bolts terms, what does it "do for us and how does it differ from other varieties of criticism? The phrase is frequently used dismissively, often in very...
The Apocryphal Legend of Abgar in AElfric's Lives of Saints
AELFRIC CONCLUDES HIS STORY of the martyrdom of the thirdcentury Persian kings Abdon and Sennes with "Nu we spraecon be cynegum we willad pysne cwyde gelencgan and be sumum cy nincge eow cydan git Abgarus waes geciged sum gesaelig cynincg on syrian...
The Places of the Gods on the English Renaissance Stage
THIS PAPER DISCUSSES TWO SORTS OF PLACES on the English Renaissance stage that appear to be associated with the divine: ruins (including megalithic monuments because that was how they were construed), and high places. First, ruins. In England's Ruins:...