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. 94, No. 1-2, Spring

Claire Sponsler. the Queens Dumbshows: John Lydgate and the Making of Early Theater
Claire Sponsler. The Queens Dumbshows: John Lydgate and the Making of Early Theater. The Middle Ages Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. The last decade has witnessed a conspicuous upsurge in the publication of revisionist...
George Harbin and the Malet Family Manuscript of Rochester
OF THE VARIOUS NEW SOURCES of Rochester texts brought to attention by Peter Beal in the second volume of the Index of English Literary Manuscripts (1993) two were subsequently singled out by Harold Love in the introduction to his monumental Works of...
Hospitality, Hostility, and Peacemaking in Beowulf
Hospitality is a common social, religious, and moral imperative that should guarantee the peaceful reception of a foreigner and ensure a harmonious regulation of host and guest relationships. It codifies a set of behaviors that arguably form the bedrock...
Milton and the Parable of the Talents: Nationalism and the Prelacy Controversy in Revolutionary England
John Milton's Sonnet 19 "When I consider how my light is spent" famously evinces his fascination with the biblical parable of the talents and his skillful ability to recreate it within his own historical moment. (1) The sonnet suggests that the parable...
Politics, Politeness, and Panegyrics: Defoe, Addison, and Philips on Blenheim
OF THE VERSES PUBLISHED TO CELEBRATE THE Duke of Marlborough's victory at Blenheim on 10 August 1704, Joseph Addison's The Campaign (December 1704) and John Philips's Bleinheim (January 1705) have attracted by far the greatest critical interest. Celebrated...
Readership, the Fables of the Elegiac Romulus, and the Morall Fabillis of Robert Henryson
FABLES HAVE LONG BEEN USED as a vehicle for moral education and moral living. (1) The fables of the elegiac Romulus, a popular Latin collection of the late twelfth century, convey these lessons through the rhetorical figure of the epimythium. Placed...
Re-Classicizing Bede?: Hrabanus Maurus on Prosody and Meter
HRABANUS MAURUS (ca. 780-856) composed his treatise Excerptio de arte grammatica Prisciani (1) as a compendium of rules on syllable lengths to supplement the teaching and reading of prosodic literature and facilitate the scansion and composition of...
"Stranger in Yellow Gloves" by Thomas Lanier [Tennessee] Williams III
Last Saturday at approximately eleven post meridian I saw you standing beneath the marquee of the Ambassador theatre in the company of an unknown gentleman who wore yellow gloves. I wonder if you noticed my greeting, your smile was remote. Street-cars,...
The Dry Salvages: T. S. Eliot in Wordsworthian Waters
Wordsworth frequently serves as a seamark in T. S. Eliot's tireless charting of his own place in literary history. He is singled out as the chief representative of the last great turning point in poetry previous to the revolution of modernism, and...
The Trojan Legend in Medieval Scottish Literature
The Trojan Legend in Medieval Scottish Literature by Emily Wingfield. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014. Late medieval Scottish writers were the products of generations of conflict in which texts were relentlessly engineered into weapons of mass ideological...
Zachary Lesser. Hamlet after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text
Zachary Lesser. Hamlet after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. This is a full, great book. It organizes layer upon layer of material concerning the impact of the discovery of...
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