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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (4): 543–547.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Alan Rudrum Disknowledge: Literature, Alchemy, and the End of Humanism in Renaissance England . By Eggert Katherine . Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press , 2015 . ix + 368 pp. Copyright © 2017 by University of Washington 2017 What Katherine Eggert means...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (1): 100–101.
Published: 01 March 1959
...- technical set pieces, the “catalogical imperative,” the “isolated flytings” between characters. The chapter on rite Alchemist seeks mainly to uncover the “serious short- comings” usually overlooked. The subject of alchemy leads Jonson into a “deviation from the comic intent although Subtle...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1972) 33 (3): 327–334.
Published: 01 September 1972
.... This, certainly, is the impression she gives, even though she notices the shortcomings Breton detected in their workThe alchemy of the Word was taken as a quest for literary style, rather than as evidence of the mental structure’’ (p. 98)-and also remarks toward the end of her book: “Even in his most...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (1): 98–100.
Published: 01 March 1959
... the “serious short- comings” usually overlooked. The subject of alchemy leads Jonson into a “deviation from the comic intent although Subtle is admittedly a quack, his quackery “must refer to facts” and “involves wide knowledge.” Subtle, therefore, becomes a kind of Faustus, wielding “an absolute...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1941) 2 (3): 363–401.
Published: 01 September 1941
... scholars. John Dee has received a great deal of attention for his excursions into crystal-gazing and alchemy, but little for his real scientific work except from E. G. R. Taylor in her Tudor Geography (London, 1930), and there his contributions to geography rather than to mathematics...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (2): 221–222.
Published: 01 June 2022
... lessons Donne drew from what one of his most famous love poems calls “love’s alchemy.” Lucretius’s simulacra in particular thus modeled how, in the alembic of faith as well as sex, matter sublimates to form the stuff of purified spirit it seems to eliminate. The Erotics of Materialism , accordingly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1969) 30 (1): 148–149.
Published: 01 March 1969
..., were glozed. Unless the language of morality could be pre- served intact, essential distinctions between virtues and their bordering vices would disappear, and, through a kind of perverse semantic alchemy, moral standards themselves would be transmogrified into baser metal-as Pope’s Dunces...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1997) 58 (3): 299–321.
Published: 01 September 1997
...” (“Of Natures Obvi- ous Laws and Processes in Vegetation,” in TheJanus Faces of Genius: The Role of Alchemy in Newton’s Thought, by Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 199I 3, 264-5). 11 Priestley, Experiments and Obsovntions on DiffPrPnt Kinds of Air, 3 vols. (Lon- don...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1975) 36 (4): 439–441.
Published: 01 December 1975
... discussion. Disregarding chronological order, Graham analyzes the plays under such headings as “‘A pottage of lentiles’: a reading of Die Riiuber” and “Ele- ment into ornament: the alchemy of art: a reading of Die Brauf von Mes- sina.” One of the merits of her book, then, is the variety...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1969) 30 (1): 149–151.
Published: 01 March 1969
... a kind of perverse semantic alchemy, moral standards themselves would be transmogrified into baser metal-as Pope’s Dunces, let us say, succeed in changing the symbol of a Golden Age into the counterfeit of itself, where lead is substance and gilt the only value prized. As Hatfield...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1944) 5 (1): 115–117.
Published: 01 March 1944
... does not pretend it to be. But, for the student of literature or of intellectual history, the false notions men have held are as important as the true; therefore the attention Thorn- dike pays to astrology, alchemy, chiromancy, physiognomy, and witchcraft increases the usefulness of his...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 340–343.
Published: 01 September 2019
... constitution of the people crystallizes in, for example, the loyalist verses of Jonathan Odell. His outrage at the dictates of the Continental Congress designated the signature political alchemy, what Wells calls the process “by which mere language is capable of speaking material reality into existence” (69...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1960) 21 (1): 69–72.
Published: 01 March 1960
... of the season. The infernal summer is only the lowest, the most intense point of Une Suison en enfer ; its access and exit lie through night : a “Nuit de I’enfer” adjoins it on the descent side, and, after the poet quotes his ultimate alchemy of words, “Elle est retrouvke ! / Quoi ? I’CternitC...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1970) 31 (3): 382–385.
Published: 01 September 1970
... it is incalculable, protean in its metamorphoses, as complex as the mystery of alchemy. . . . We read of something animate, alive, making us think of a beast, hiding in dark places, in recesses of incredible depth and obscurity. . . . This parent of monsters so unnatural that it cannot avow...
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Modern Language Quarterly 11060535.
Published: 12 February 2024
... Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bauer, Ralph. 2019. The Alchemy of Conquest: Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. Brickhouse, Anna. 2014. The Unsettlement of America: Translation, Interpretation...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1940) 1 (1): 49–61.
Published: 01 March 1940
... of them,”13-an argument popular with defenders of alchemy, as- trology, and other studies with any pretension to ~sefulnessThe conclusion to which this reiterated emphasis upon the distinction between natural magic and the black art points is to confirm the sincere student in his pursuit...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1972) 33 (1): 23–29.
Published: 01 March 1972
... way.” “The rogues and gulls of The Alchemist share a common desire to be’ ‘sublimed.’ . . . They all want to be raised-socially, sexually, religiously, metaphysically; they all hunger for the transmuting miracle of their respective alchemies.” And in Bartholomew Fair “both...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1981) 42 (1): 21–47.
Published: 01 March 1981
...) betrayal of self, his “death.” Appropriately, then, the Narrator appeals not to nature but to vari- ous forms of magic-“Medea’s wondrous alchemy” (672) and a rather dubious elixir of eternal life (675-77)-in a desperate attempt to restore the dead Poet to the world of the living. Such appeals...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1962) 23 (4): 353–359.
Published: 01 December 1962
... sure we realize that his muse, like that of RubPn Dario, is of “Carne y hueso.” Once we know her as a woman, we are prepared for the poetic alchemy- distilling, instilling, extraction of the essential “tf her coming metamorphoses. Harvard University 11 See note 2. 12 These words...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1965) 26 (1): 16–39.
Published: 01 March 1965
... to hypercriticism. The foreign commentators of French literature are usually well-mannered in their attitude and, if anything, overawed by the labels on the dubiously fragrant products of French literary alchemy. The Italians, the British, the Americans prefer to reserve their sarcasms for their own...