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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (2): 299–303.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Christopher Flint The Prose of Things: Transformations of Description in the Eighteenth Century. By Cynthia Sundberg Wall. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. xiii + 316 pp. © 2008 by University of Washington 2008 Christopher Flint is associate professor of English at Case...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1956) 17 (4): 318–325.
Published: 01 December 1956
...Bjarne Ulvestad Copyright © 1956 by Duke University Press 1956 STATISTICS IN SYNTACTICAL DESCRIPTION OF GERMAN By BJARNEULVESTAD It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1951) 12 (2): 236–237.
Published: 01 June 1951
...Robert C. Elliott John Arthos. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Publications in Language and Literature, Volume XXIV, 1949. Pp. xiv + 463. $6.00. Copyright © 1951 by Duke University Press 1951 236 Reviews The Language of Natural Description...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (4): 461–480.
Published: 01 December 2022
... lived religion’s methodological approaches and many of its core insights in dialogue with contemporary discussions of description and postcritique in the literary humanities, drawing out shared implications, potential strengths, and limitations in the reading of religion. The essay thereby argues...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1987) 48 (1): 88–90.
Published: 01 March 1987
... employment, probably as master of ceremonies, Tilney embarked on the laborious task of codifying existing knowledge about the condition of Europe. The result, “Topographical Descriptions, Regimens and Policies of Italy. . . ,” which Streitberger describes as a “confidential, diplomatic reference...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1957) 18 (3): 262–263.
Published: 01 September 1957
...Carroll E. Reed Copyright © 1957 by Duke University Press 1957 H. A. Gleason, Jr. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1955. Pp. 88. $2.25.) H. A. Gleason, Jr. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1955. Pp. ix + 339. $5.50. ( Workbook in Descriptive Linguistics...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1940) 1 (4): 555–557.
Published: 01 December 1940
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 527–552.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Tim Dean Abstract This essay considers the “descriptive turn” in literary studies from the vantage point of poetics, arguing that the history of Western poetry, from the Greeks to the present, offers through the category of epideixis a theory and practice of description that illuminates some...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 239–259.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Wendy Allison Lee Abstract This essay examines the work of detail in contemporary Asian American metafiction by reconsidering Georg Lukács’s understanding of description as a mode of fiction that transforms humans into observers and objects via an excess of detail. Lukács’s work has informed views...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 297–319.
Published: 01 September 2016
... them. The essay also identifies and discusses four techniques basic to literary criticism: description, interpretation, explanation, and evaluation. A coda speculates about the links between Mimesis and a visual technology introduced into university lecturing a few decades before Auerbach wrote his...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (1): 31–56.
Published: 01 March 2015
... is committed to microscopic description, below the level of experiential subjectivity, and to macroscopic abstraction. Some of the odder fictional experiments of the era are best understood with reference to the morphology of naturalism, including what might be called the speculative naturalism of Richard...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (3): 421–441.
Published: 01 September 2017
...David Quint Abstract Milton shapes his depiction of Eden in Paradise Lost as a response to Edmund Waller’s On St. James’s Park , a celebrated poem of the Restoration. Waller’s description of the royal park, newly improved by Charles II—a a new Eden, a sacred, oracular grove next to the temple-like...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (4): 355–372.
Published: 01 December 2018
... consciousness. All that is rendered in language, including the justifying faith of evangelical description, comes of the common, is the product of publicity. Though his twentieth- and twenty-first-century critics have thought otherwise, More’s contemporaries supposed his polemical contest with the evangelical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (1): 21–27.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Deidre Lynch Abstract This essay highlights the role that Enlightenment conjectural histories and liberal concepts of contractual exchange play in Nancy Armstrong’s revisionist description of the rise of the novel. It urges scholars of the novel to follow the example of Desire and Domestic Fiction...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 419–445.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Lyric (2014) in relation to documentary lyric and the online genre of microaggressions, this essay argues for the political utility of description at the micro scale. Copyright © 2016 by University of Washington 2016 realism novel lyric microsociology Claudia Rankine The language...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (1): 67–96.
Published: 01 March 2009
... to fieldwork (local, presentist, firsthand, thickly descriptive). By reading ritual in these terms, anthropologists could recognize in it a distillation of culture. Early ethnographic film, preoccupied with native dance and ceremony, similarly treated performance as a text for the reading of culture...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 149–175.
Published: 01 June 2021
... traces imperialist geography in English historiography via the descriptio Britanniae (description of Britain), a trope found across the Middle Ages, and the fourteenth-century Gough Map, the first sheet-map of Britain. Scottish historians rebut the claims of their Anglocentric counterparts...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 169–185.
Published: 01 June 2023
... to experience the action, while fiction dominated by description yields a static and fragmented style that turns all events into mere “tableaux” for the passive observation of the reader. Narration emphasizes the dynamics of change, including the inner transformations of characters, while description turns...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1975) 36 (4): 376–389.
Published: 01 December 1975
... its companion, Descriptive Sketches, have often bee11 cte- clared important failures. But what exactly constitutes their impor- tance, arid what occasioned their failure? Our impatience with the two poems, bolstered by Wordsworth’s deriuiiciatiotis of the picturesque (first printed...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1991) 52 (1): 71–85.
Published: 01 March 1991
...- nous culture of the area. When depicting the North African locale for his audience in the home country, Camus understandably wrote from a French viewpoint and used descriptive models from French literature that were part of a heritage he had in common with his readers. Such models were...