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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 171–195.
Published: 01 June 2013
... by Nadel Ira B. , 204 – 23 . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . doi:10.1017/CCOL0521431174.010 . Yao Steven . 2002 . Translation and the Languages of Modernism: Gender, Politics, Language . New York : Palgrave Macmillan . Close Reading in an Age of Global Writing Rebecca...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (4): 529–550.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Jonathan Foltz Abstract This article explores the overlapping histories of close reading and mass media by attending to the late-career film and television experiments of I. A. Richards. A lifelong critic of the entertainment industry and (arguably reactionary) media theorist, Richards also spent...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (1): 77–106.
Published: 01 March 2017
... of the activities and insights of textual scholarship and is inherited from, rather than opposed to, the New Criticism and its core method of “close reading.” Literary history requires not new or integrated methods but a new scholarly object capable of managing the documentary record’s complexity, especially...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 225–251.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Ben Etherington Abstract This essay revisits critical-humanist approaches to literary totality that have largely been sidelined during the recent revival of world literature studies. While there has been no shortage of defenses of close reading in the face of distant reading and other positivist...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 297–319.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Sharon Marcus Abstract Through a reading of Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis , which readers inside and outside the academy have valued for decades, this essay teases out how literary critical value is often aligned with scale: big claims, minutely close readings, and the ability to move gracefully between...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (1): 45–60.
Published: 01 March 2008
..., philosophical, and cultural legacies of Chinese modernity. This essay explores the relationship of women to Chinese modernity through a close reading of canonical texts from modern Chinese drama. The transformations of women in Chinese spoken plays during the first half of the twentieth century reflect...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 159–180.
Published: 01 June 2015
...) is dominated by a sense of inevitability, whereas judgment concerns the things that can be otherwise. A close reading of Joseph Andrews shows that Fielding does not deploy uncritically the methods and assumptions of a nascent social theory. Rather, he teaches us that those methods and assumptions hold only...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (1): 57–77.
Published: 01 March 2015
... contribute to society’s well-being and demonstrates the centrality of empiricist political theory for the modernist novel. Through close readings of The Invisible Man and Love and Mr. Lewisham , and broader discussion of Wells’s oeuvre, his engagement with empiricist values, conflicts, and literary forms...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (1): 27–55.
Published: 01 March 2022
... concerns in literary, philosophical, and architectural thought of the late nineteenth century, and second by exploring an alternative model of context as type , as revealed by a close reading of Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu . Proust’s novel repeatedly makes use of a notion of the type...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 345–367.
Published: 01 September 2016
... and rhetorical elements and uses this model to track the movement of this modernist technique across generic boundaries (from anglophone modernism to more popular genres) and linguistic ones (from English to Japanese). Oscillating between statistical models and moments of close reading, the article shows how...
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Modern Language Quarterly 11060455.
Published: 12 February 2024
... on his biographical and intellectual adjacency to the biologist Jakob von Uexküll. Several close readings illustrate the resonance between Uexküll’s theory of the Umwelt and an epistemological shift at the heart of Auden’s poetry, wherein the idea of the self is reconfigured in terms of the embodied...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 129–146.
Published: 01 June 2023
... of Chicago Press . Gallop Jane . 2002 . Anecdotal Theory . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . Gallop Jane . 2007 . “ The Historicization of Literary Studies and the Fate of Close Reading .” Profession 6 : 181 – 86 . Garland Thomson Rosemarie . 1997 . Extraordinary...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (4): 545–568.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of touristic subjectivity, founded in poetic attentiveness. If they read Hardy aright, they are encouraged to follow Grace in unmaking the self-evidence of the scenic Wessex: to notice it, as she does, for the first time, in an extreme close-up that “disproportions” and denaturalizes it, refuting the sedate...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (3): 395–419.
Published: 01 September 2017
...John D. Staines Abstract This essay explores the political implications of the periodization divides created by the closing of the public theaters in 1642 at the start of the English Civil War and their reopening in 1660 at the restoration of Charles II. The meaning of the theater, and the meanings...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (3): 419–438.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Angela Sorby Nineteenth-century reading practices (which involved the copying, memorizing, and unauthorized circulation of verses) blurred the line between readers and writers, vexing the very idea that a poem could have an owner. In 1867 a notorious attribution scandal pitted the established...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (2): 193–217.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Spencer Lee-Lenfield Abstract General accounts of Gustave Flaubert’s influence on English-language writers have tended to assume that the publication of his fiction was enough to change the style of English prose. However, close examination of Flaubert’s reception in the second half...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (1): 81–116.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Max Cavitch Abstract This essay historicizes the emergence of the term autotheory as the signifier of a mode of autobiographical writing and reading based primarily on intersubjective histories and relational ontologies. Instead of trying to define autotheory as a neatly circumscribed “subgenre...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (2): 237–240.
Published: 01 June 2018
..., and plot”—constitutes what Hack calls “close reading at a distance” (2, 3). This method “combines detailed, granular textual analysis with consideration of a work’s geographical dispersal and uptake, especially by readerships not envisioned or addressed by the work itself” (3). Interestingly enough...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (2): 281–283.
Published: 01 June 2017
... and even brilliant close readings. Here, as elsewhere in the more theoretical sections of her study, unwieldy technical expositions diminish the efficacy of her larger historical analysis. Yet the erudition on display in both her assessment of the critical tradition and her interpretations of primary texts...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (1): 131–134.
Published: 01 March 2020
... groundwork of explanation” for every imaginable phenomenon (19). Kramnick repeatedly links the nonutilitarian, non-solution-offering value of “close reading” (which he defines as “the baseline of competence for work in literary studies” [32]) to his norm of openness without much elaboration. But how...