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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (4): 443–464.
Published: 01 December 2017
... of Lucretius but have sought to explain the distinctive form of a way of thinking—an epistemological style that traveled promiscuously beyond the boundaries of philosophy and science. As the mind’s making of disaster, catastrophizing may be conceived as a form of insight or prophecy, a state of inspiration...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1978) 39 (1): 50–62.
Published: 01 March 1978
... of gradual concentration of material, population, and energy-followed by crisis, cataclysm, and sudden dis- persion. Without actually predicting imminent disaster, Adams diag- nosed all the symptoms of extreme concentration in contemporary society. And Wells the same: initially, Wells and Adams say...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (3): 293–317.
Published: 01 September 2011
... to reexamine a famous passage by Voltaire’s contemporary Smith. Writing in 1760, Smith adds to the second edition of his Theory of Moral Senti- ments  an earthquake passage, clearly inspired by Lisbon though set in China, that demonstrates how little the average educated European cares about disasters...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1953) 14 (4): 432–447.
Published: 01 December 1953
.... A pure jewel kept intact amid disaster. The plume, the disaster, the “pure jewel” which no disaster can touch-these were the constituents of the myth according to MallarmC. Although the disaster and the pure jewel can pass as typically Mallar- mean elements, Hamlet like Poe being “chu d’un...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 538–541.
Published: 01 December 2021
...” is inchoate compared to the poet’s stated aim. Still, her discussion is rightly framed by an anger somewhat extraneous to her demonstration. For while calamity form generally conveys “the reception and circulation of disaster as no one’s fault” (63), “Michael” presents a very particular and period-based...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (3): 307–329.
Published: 01 September 2013
... the atmospheric turmoil as a symptom of mod- ern time” (ibid.: 480). As Menely points out, the poet’s letters show his resistance to interpreting the cloud as a symptom of anything; all the same, the second book of The Task , “The Time-­Piece,” yokes a slew of natural disasters to the perpetuation...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1975) 36 (1): 96–99.
Published: 01 March 1975
... work toward a final vision that, in the face of facts, can offer solace to a world threatened by chaos and disaster. (p. 6) After introducing her terms, Kelley devotes a chapter to each of Woolf’s novels. Much of what she says is perceptive. Particiilarly illuminating are her...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1963) 24 (1): 53–60.
Published: 01 March 1963
... the Duke of Parma besieged and captured the town. To the English these disasters were clear-cut instances of a city which was at least po- tentially good being overthrown by the forces of evil. Were not the Spaniards the great enemy? Was not the Italian Duke of Parma the agent of Philip 11...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1982) 43 (1): 29–42.
Published: 01 March 1982
... encouraged the conditions that led to disaster. When the king announces Bancbanus as his choice for regent, the old man responds with fragmentary protests: “Ach, Herr, bedenkt! . . . Ich bin ein schwacher Mann! . . . Bin alt!” (383-86). After the queen has revealed her dislike of the king’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1984) 45 (1): 97–101.
Published: 01 March 1984
... blamed the disaster on a ludicrously oversized cos- tume and a constantly slipping wig, but soon thereafter formulated a theory of the inherent inadequacies of the theater: the trappings and artifacts of the stage get in the way of real drama; only bad and mindless plays are suitable...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (4): 511–539.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Poet: Critical Essays , edited by Nassar Hala Khamis Rahman Najat . Northampton, MA : Olive Branch . Dawisha Adeed . 2003 . Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Disaster . Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press . Dubey Madhu . 2003 . Signs...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1954) 15 (3): 246–251.
Published: 01 September 1954
... is their candor. Even if there is no real evolution in Gide-at least in his thoughts on political events-we can find, by way of Compensation, the exact curve of all his oscillations between the simple acceptance of the disaster and a certain rebellion, attesting to a renewal of vitality in the aged man...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (3): 252–258.
Published: 01 September 1959
..., or childishness which transforms desire into purity shaped as mother-sister love. Any relaxation of will, any self-consciousness, any lethargy or failure to become a worker, a master, or a child, must produce disaster. Such disaster is, precisely, the fate of McTeague and of Vandover. McTeague...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1974) 35 (1): 3–15.
Published: 01 March 1974
... of causality by interpolating the myth of Atalanta and Hippomenes between the denouement of his story and the love-making. Shakespeare’s poem, on the other hand, moves directly frotn beginning to end, contains numerous foreshadow- ings of disaster from the outset, and in other ways calls attention...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1945) 6 (1): 99–100.
Published: 01 March 1945
.... No doubt as a wife she was a trying companion, and the long series of quarrels between husband and wife, the succession of disasters, the financial and family disruptions were merely what might have been expected. Indeed, life for the Paradises, as Mr. Shepperson shows, was seldom smooth...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2024) 85 (1): 103–105.
Published: 01 March 2024
... sake? Mehl does not propose a conclusive answer. As several chapter headings affirm—“This Dead Form, Begone”; “A Disaster Averted”; “Difficulty in Poetry”; and “A Form to Express Anything Whatsoever”—he is ambivalent about the ultimate significance of Japanese free verse. In the epilogue he cites...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 119–136.
Published: 01 June 2015
... causal probability. Balzac’s novel, however, shows how easily one slips into the other. The narration of Raphaël’s personal and family history places his foolhardy decision to use the skin in the context of a sequence of disasters, including his profligate aristocratic heritage and his tutelage under...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1999) 60 (1): 59–83.
Published: 01 March 1999
... of the federal government.) Here- after cited as Investigation. The definitive history of the events at Gauley Bridge and their aftermath is Martin Cherniack, The Hawk’s Nest Incident: America’s Worst Indus- trial Disaster (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1986). 9 Louise Kertesz...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1962) 23 (3): 278–279.
Published: 01 September 1962
... and The Red Rover to the harrowing reality of disaster and disillusionment in Afloat and Ashore and finally to the religious soul-searching in The Sea Liom. All this is well done, with meticulous scholarship and a careful ordering of the progression. There is a careful ordering of rhetoric also...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (3): 271–295.
Published: 01 September 2010
... the other polar knights: “Scott for scientific method, Amundsen for speed and efficiency, but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for a Shackleton” (quoted in NMM, title page). Like a Spenserian knight embodying his particular virtue in his name and story...