The Modern Language Review

Modern Language Review is a quarterly publication covering literature and writing. It has been in publication since 1905 and is published by the Modern Humanities Research Association.

Articles from Vol. 99, No. 2, April

[Book 1:] the Cubist Painters
[Book 1:] The Cubist Painters. By GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE. Trans. by PETER READ. [Book 2:] Apollinaire and Cubism. By PETER READ. Forest Row: Artists Book-works. 2002. X + (Book 1) 86 pp., 45 plates; (Book 2) 152 pp. 20 [pounds sterling]. ISBN 0-946311-12-9....
Defiant Acts: Four Plays by Diana Raznovich/Actos Desafiantes: Cuatro Obras De Diana Raznovich
Defiant Acts: Four Plays by Diana Raznovich/Actos desafiantes: cuatro obras de Diana Raznovich. Ed. By DIANA TAYLOR and VICTORIA MARTINEZ. Trans. By VICTORIA MARTINEZ in collaboration with LYDIA RAMIREZ and NORA GLICKMAN. Lewisburg: Bucknell University...
'Double-Voiced Discourse' and Psychological Insight in the Work of Therese Huber
In discussing the work of Therese Huber (1764-1829), most feminist critics have sought to uncover its emancipatory aspects. Examining Luise (1796), 'Der Ehewagen' (1818), and Ellen Percy (1822), the article argues that Huber's fiction is also valuable...
Foucault on the 'Question of the Author': A Critical Exegesis
This analysis of Foucault's 'What is an Author?' produces three main findings. First, Foucault was arguing--subtly yet powerfully--against Barthes's 'The Death of the Author'. Second, 'What is an author?' systematically mystified the figure of the...
Henry of Lancaster and Geoffrey Chaucer: Anglo-French and Middle English in Fourteenth-Century England
The study of Middle English and that of medieval English history need to take account of the trilingual character of the civilization of medieval England, especially the pervading influence of Anglo-French between 1066 and about 1450. Specialists in...
Manipulating Martyrdom: Corneille's (Hetero) Sexualization of Polyeucte
The article offers a reappraisal of one of Pierre Corneille's masterpieces, Polyeucte (1643). This tragedy departs radically from the dramatist's named sources, more so than in any other of his works. It is argued here that the plot is altered in order...
Miljenko Jergovic's Art of Memory: Lying, Imagining, and Forgetting in Mama Leone and Historijska Citanka
Miljenko Jergovic is one of the contemporary writers from the former Yugoslavia who has devoted a large part of his recent work to the problem of memory and forgetting in a radically changed and changing world. This article examines how the processes...
'Prince Poli & Savant': Goethe's Prometheus and the Enlightenment
The present reading of Goethe's 'Prometheus' sets out to examine the new work to which the myth is put in the poem. His 'Prometheus' does not stand in a modern opposition to classical accounts of the myth. The poem rather establishes itself at the...
Samuel Purchas as Editor-A Case Study: Anthony Knyvett's Journal
Among the manuscripts that Samuel Purchas obtained from Richard Hakluyt, which in 1625 he published in Purchas His Pilgrims, was the journal of Anthony Knyvett, the son of a Wiltshire knight, who in 1601 returned to England after a seven-year captivity...
The Critical Reception of Pre-Raphaelitism in Italy, 1878-1910
This study looks at the critical response to Pre-Raphaelitism in Italy between the late 1870s and 1910. Information on Pre-Raphaelitism arrived in Italy in two phases: firstly, in the 1880s, when discussion was largely literary and focused on D. G....
The Wife of Bath's Shipman's Tale and the Invention of Chaucerian Fabliaux
The theory that the Shipman's Tale was originally written for the Wife of Bath is generally thought to be based simply on the use of pronouns in the early portions of the tale. The present study shows that the theory is not a textual one, but rather...
Traces Du Mesmerisme Dans la Litterature Francaise Du XIXe siecle/Einflusse Des Mesmerismus Auf Die Europaische Literatur Des 19. Jahrhunderts: Actes Du Colloque International Organise Les 9 et 10 Novembre 1999/akten Des Internationalen Kolloquiums Vom 9. Und 10. November 1999
Traces du mesmerisme dans la litterature francaise du XIXe siecle/Einflusse des Mesmerismus auf die europaische Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts: Actes du colloque international organise les 9 et 10 novembre 1999/Akten des internationalen Kolloquiums...
'!Volviose En Luto la Boda!': Ritual, Torture, and the Technologies of Power in Lope's Fuente Ovejuna
Fuente Ovejuna's foregrounding of religious and folkloric rituals demonstrates the intimate relationship between politics and ritual in the construction of communal identity. The inhabitants of the village apprehend their past, present, and future...