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. 82, No. 3, Summer

Byrhtnoth's Great-Hearted Mirth, or Praise and Blame in the Battle of Maldon
Since J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelm's Son," (1) commmentary on The Battle of Maldon has focused on one word, sometimes almost to the exclusion of the rest of the poem. That word is, of course, ofermod. How one glosses...
Homosociality, Imitation, and Gendered Reading in Robert Greene's Ciceronis Amor
Perhaps the single most important trend in criticism of sixteenth-century English prose fiction over the past twenty years has been a shift from questions of genre to those treating the nexus of gender, readership, and subject formation. (1) The...
Male Piety and Sexuality in Boccaccio's Decameron
This essay examines the tension between male piety and male sexual performance in selected novelle in Giovanni Boccaccio's fourteenth-century collection of prose narratives, the Decameron. Recent studies in medieval masculinities have sensitized...
Richard III's Animalistic Criminal Body
Distortum vultum sequitur distortio morum --Thomas More History of Richard III Contemporary criminal reporting often likens perpetrators to animals when their crimes are considered particularly reprehensible. Witness this recent headline from...
The Sublimity of Taste in Edmund Burke's A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
[T]he judgment may be compared to a clock or watch, where the most ordinary machine is sufficient to tell the hours; but the most elaborate alone can point out the minutes and seconds, and distinguish the smallest differences of time. --David...
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