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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1947) 8 (3): 379–381.
Published: 01 September 1947
..., Difficulties and Hardships I Met for Several Years As also the Deliverances which I have Cause to Give The Glory to God Forever. Foreword by H. M. TOMLINSON.Edited by E. H. W. MEYERSTEIN.New York and London : Oxford University Press, 1946. Pp. xxxviii + 190. $2.50. The seafaring...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2009) 70 (4): 415–441.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Janet Sorensen In dominant accounts, the eighteenth-century “ballad revival” brought a dead form back to life by digging up old songs and restoring their force and meaning. It also brought “the people,” as producers or consumers of ballads, to a kind of national public life but relegated them to an...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2010) 71 (2): 107–127.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Marc Bizer It had been the dream of the sixteenth-century Pléiade poets to glorify their country and literature by composing a “long French poem,” a term that designated a genre resembling epic but that also included romance. In the 1550s, not only Pierre de Ronsard, who had received an official...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2010) 71 (2): 153–174.
Published: 01 June 2010
... degraded version of periodization; perhaps for this reason, it is also the perfect narrative mode for the present's historical self-consciousness. Ellis's novels American Psycho and Glamorama expose the contradictory link between the ephemeral details of consumer life and the essence of a single, self...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2011) 72 (3): 341–367.
Published: 01 September 2011
... background and foreground and between text and New World context, Aphra Behn's Oroonoko: A Royal Slave exploits these tensions between the economic and political domains to reveal the market not only as an ethical framework for political freedom but also as a tyrant ruling over those it dispossesses. Taken...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2012) 73 (3): 433–451.
Published: 01 September 2012
... social trajectories of the peasant formations of the precapitalist world. According to Naipaul, these deranging effects are precisely what the peripheral artist excavates. Writers born of this historical milieu must, in his view, also note how their work partakes of the order it describes. Those who...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2008) 69 (1): 141–165.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Douwe Fokkema The title of this essay implies that there is a Chinese postmodernism that differs from American or European postmodernism. But the different postmodernisms also have a common basis, which can be found at the level of unstable signification. First the author briefly sketches how the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2015) 76 (2): 159–180.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Vivasvan Soni Abstract Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews is often thought to have inaugurated a tradition of sociological observation in the novel, and it also cultivates a practice of judgment in readers. Yet the social theory that informs Fielding’s novel (Thomas Hobbes, Bernard Mandeville) is...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2016) 77 (1): 41–63.
Published: 01 March 2016
... heterogeneity were intrinsically related to its political critique. His objections to “Lycidas” also reflected his view that pastoral depicted an idealized life of rural leisure to distract and entertain city men. This ancient association between pastoral and leisure may have informed eighteenth-century readers...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2009) 70 (2): 223–243.
Published: 01 June 2009
...Heather Fielding Henry James often criticizes mass culture for having instrumentalized the novel by conditioning readers to reduce the text to its ending. Yet he also suggests that popular visual technologies—cinema and its predecessor, the magic lantern—are uniquely able to compensate for mass...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2009) 70 (2): 245–268.
Published: 01 June 2009
...Joyce Wexler In 1929 Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz was not only compared to Ulysses but also hailed as a prime example of the postwar movement called magic realism. This junction led directly to landmark magic realist texts by Günter Grass, Gabriel García Márquez, and Salman Rushdie...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2009) 70 (3): 341–362.
Published: 01 September 2009
... of both literature and natural history, talking birds—and also monkeys—symbolized the point where thinking and material substances met. However, instead of offering a synthesis of those two substances, as the human does in Cartesian philosophy, talking animals highlighted a point of contention where...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2010) 71 (3): 329–366.
Published: 01 September 2010
... and recurrent confessional impulse permit reconstruction of much of his reading experience, recording not simply his internalization of formative texts but also his attraction to books as auratic objects for consumption. For students of book history, Updike's “story of reading” yields a quarry of...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2011) 72 (1): 19–48.
Published: 01 March 2011
... commonplace. The principal piece of evidence is Fielding's use of the “Scriblerus Secundus” pseudonym for six early plays (1730–32); scholars have also touted his admiration for Pope and Swift and attempted to find parallels between his work and theirs (and Gay's). An impartial assessment, however, does not...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2011) 72 (1): 49–73.
Published: 01 March 2011
... denial as Black Atlantic writers also saw in leaders such as Abdelkader early representatives of postcolonial resistance. © 2011 by University of Washington 2011 Stephen Knadler is associate professor of English at Spelman College, where he teaches U.S. literature and cultural studies. His most...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2011) 72 (2): 129–161.
Published: 01 June 2011
... a mediating relay between world literature and world-systems but to see if a third analysis, focusing on the ontology of composed works, can bring “world” differently into the picture. The essay also investigates whether such a theory makes any difference to our understanding of world literature or...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2011) 72 (2): 225–252.
Published: 01 June 2011
... assumed the power he did in Eliot's thinking because he addressed many of the concerns Eliot had begun to develop from symbolist poetics, particularly its critiques of empiricism and its engagement in the infinite ironies involving the status of subjectivity. Bradley also transformed these concerns by...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2011) 72 (4): 493–520.
Published: 01 December 2011
... to literary texts illuminates how minor language modernist writing contains a self-awareness that not only addresses a cosmopolitan audience but also preserves the contingent and shifting parameters of local linguistic communities. Allison Schachter is assistant professor in the Program in...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2012) 73 (2): 175–199.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Daniel Katz This essay examines Ezra Pound’s mobilizations of the figure of the troubadour poet Arnaut Daniel in the articulation of his own poetics, from The Spirit of Romance of 1910 through the 1930s. Arnaut emerges as a particularly fraught figure in Pound’s negotiations with Eliot, but also in...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2012) 73 (3): 309–328.
Published: 01 September 2012
... ideology that would affirm the lived experience of the colonized while also questioning the language of a literary canon closely associated with the culture of colonialism and with colonialist notions about progress, time, and subjectivity. The challenge of early African writers such as Thomas Mofolo and...