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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (3): 384–386.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Marina MacKay Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction . By Catherine Gallagher . Chicago : University of Chicago Press , 2018 . vii + 359 pp. Copyright © 2020 by University of Washington 2020 “Nothing I know matters more / than what...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (4): 517–538.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Melanie Micir Abstract Reading Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life (2013) in the context of theories of the historical novel (Georg Lukács, Fredric Jameson) and counterfactual fiction (Catherine Gallagher, Andrew Miller, Paul Saint-Amour) sheds light on an overlooked genealogy of the feminist modernist...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (2): 359–394.
Published: 01 June 2000
... Maxim 2: More Modern societies offer more varied counterfactual worlds. I mean the worlds of fiction, of self-help books, even of other people’s factual worlds, to let one use imagination and empathy to extend oneself.24 In accord with both maxims, Strategy 1 in a more...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1996) 57 (1): 51–76.
Published: 01 March 1996
... of the allegorist.18 For romanticists, the best-known IRAn authoritative and accessible account of counterfactual conditionals is available in Nelson Goodman, Fact, Fiction, and Fmecust (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1983) ;for a more provocative defense of “modal realism,”see David...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (3): 334–336.
Published: 01 September 1994
... inherent in its counterfactual character, was an answer to the then emerging modern social and political arrangement[ ,] . . . the promises and the problems of modernity in the making The prin- ciple of “culture”is a troubled form of totalizing. It gained favor during the timespan Radcliffe...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (1): 97–100.
Published: 01 March 2015
... are enjoyable and instructive, especially those on La princesse de Clèves, whom Paige fetchingly calls “litera- ture’s first deliberately counterfactual heroine” (43). This chapter has plenty to offer to cheer those readers who will feel crushed after seeing Lafayette’s masterpiece dethroned from its seat...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1997) 58 (1): 27–61.
Published: 01 March 1997
... imagining in thought ( 110) 1. These words clearly indicate a supposi- tion or subjunctive condition, or, as we now say, a counterfactual: the very supposition wenn . . . wir uns bloss . . . denken denies that the rep resentation (the pictured case or situation) is the reality that it repre- sents...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 293–306.
Published: 01 June 2013
... of a passage from the counterfactual-­ poetic to the actual-­noetic is much more dramatic. Here the metaphys- ical is breached in the enactment of a metaleptic glide from other- worldly literariness into the literal worldliness of carnal knowledge, a slippage, we could say, from the epistemic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 527–531.
Published: 01 December 2021
... versions of consciousness that are almost solipsistic: soliloquies crop up for the first time, and Eve engages in a striking counterfactual account of “Adam wedded to another Eve” ( PL , 9.828), who yet would not replace her. Eve is only her experience, and her commitment to preserving it mandates Adam’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (2): 171–194.
Published: 01 June 2009
... Age, [and] The Temple of Nature; or, The Origin of Society, 2 vols. in 1 (New York: Garland, 1978), n.p. 33  For Elaine Scarry, whose essay “Imagining Flowers” inspires the title of this sec- tion, imagination is simultaneously counterfactual, having reference to objects...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 473–498.
Published: 01 December 2021
... but also to Proust ( 1928 : 510): “People don’t know when they are happy.” Grammatically, its conditional tense—“Had I known” or “Bilseydim”—suggests that a counterfactual temporal register will continue to haunt the protagonist Kemal long after such considerations are relevant. The Museum...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2004) 65 (3): 423–442.
Published: 01 September 2004
... no hubiese resistencia” [to the power of the Inca there could be no resistance] is the narrator’s seemingly counterfactual observation) and memorializes it in the landscape. Yahuarcocha is one of many monuments mentioned by the Inca Garcilaso and other chron- iclers as tokens of past rebellions...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (2): 163–200.
Published: 01 June 2011
... of the vita contemplativa. Hamlet’s counterfactual image of being “bounded” in a “nutshell” yet a “king” of “infinite space” evokes the ancient Stoic (and ultimately Platonic) notion that through contemplation of the universe the soul escapes from the body’s finitude. This is the closest...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1967) 28 (3): 285–304.
Published: 01 September 1967
.... The indiscretion has made us all miserable, and the whole affair might have been better managed had I been God and Adam.” The “historical” speculation is itself dissolved in the subjunctive and counterfactual mood of the final couplet, which gives way to the brilliantly muted here-and-nowof stanza...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (2): 237–240.
Published: 01 June 2012
... (or even religious) and many of which are self- published. They deal in rescue, recovery, and redemption of all kinds; they include revenge and conspiracy fantasies and counterfactual histories — the “what if” books. Another category, aftermath stories...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (2): 240–244.
Published: 01 June 2012
... (or even religious) and many of which are self- published. They deal in rescue, recovery, and redemption of all kinds; they include revenge and conspiracy fantasies and counterfactual histories — the “what if” books. Another category, aftermath stories...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (2): 244–247.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., and redemption of all kinds; they include revenge and conspiracy fantasies and counterfactual histories — the “what if” books. Another category, aftermath stories, are diagnostic narratives that set out to explore the consequences of Finally...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (2): 248–251.
Published: 01 June 2012
... (or even religious) and many of which are self- published. They deal in rescue, recovery, and redemption of all kinds; they include revenge and conspiracy fantasies and counterfactual histories — the “what if” books. Another category, aftermath stories...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (2): 251–254.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., and redemption of all kinds; they include revenge and conspiracy fantasies and counterfactual histories — the “what if” books. Another category, aftermath stories, are diagnostic narratives that set out to explore the consequences of Finally...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2004) 65 (2): 221–244.
Published: 01 June 2004
..., and a mistrust of anachronism, that helped stimulate a his- toricist outlook among literary critics) is obvious but complex. It expresses itself in the tendency to “restore” epic wholes from retrieved fragments; in the temptation to furnish counterfactual forgeries in order to fill the lacunae of the literary...