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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2011) 72 (2): 163–200.
Published: 01 June 2011
... – 1598 (both 2009). © 2011 by University of Washington 2011 Finding Freedom in Hamlet Joshua Scodel igel Smith’s study Is Milton Better than Shakespeare? provocatively Nanswers its titular question in the affirmative insofar as Milton, unlike Shakespeare, “places liberty at the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2018) 79 (1): 81–104.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Florian Gargaillo Abstract In a review of T. S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral , Stevie Smith lamented that “so many writers of these times, which need courage and the power of criticism, and coolness, should find their chief delight in terrifying themselves and their readers with past echoes of...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2008) 69 (4): 481–507.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Andrew Elfenbein Although influence remains a pervasive term in literary criticism, little has changed in its theoretical framework since the work of Harold Bloom in the early 1970s. This essay argues that adaptations of findings in cognitive and social science open up more finely nuanced means 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 September 2011) 72 (3): 293–317.
Published: 01 September 2011
... Theory of Moral Sentiments , and the earthquake in Zadie Smith's White Teeth , which Wood finds unfortunately representative of “hysterical realism.” Bruce Robbins is old dominion Foundation Professor of the Humanities in the department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2012) 73 (3): 453–474.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Stephen Best A good deal of recent scholarship into the slave past proclaims that the past’s political significance resides in its continuity with our present, finding both ethical moment and critical motivation in a recovery imperative that seeks to continue, reanimate, or complete the political...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2013) 74 (3): 307–329.
Published: 01 September 2013
... nescience, or unknowing, as a way to confront uncertain futures. Drawing on the work of William Cowper and Derek Jarman, it considers the discursive relationship between AIDS activism in the 1980s and the nature poetry of the Romantic period and finds in that relationship a philosophical bond between past...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2013) 74 (3): 331–362.
Published: 01 September 2013
....” Third, “low” and “satirical” forms of comedy gradually gives way to “sentimental” and even “exemplary” comedy. None of these claims is more than very partly true. Throughout this span of time we find topical ( City Politiques ) and topographical ( Covent Garden ) comedy, social satire ( The Provok’d...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2015) 76 (2): 201–224.
Published: 01 June 2015
... its terms for representing the subject’s responsibility to those demands. The death drive offers a way of describing the trajectory of desire beyond anything representable, a trajectory that finds its most direct expression in the poem’s apocalyptic energies. But Piers Plowman treats even the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2015) 76 (4): 413–445.
Published: 01 December 2015
... basic disorder. Reading the organization of two editions of George Gascoigne’s work, it explores the dynamic exchanges between poems and commercial textual features and finds in those feedback loops an ambitious projection of the larger form of the book. Far from a simple or inherent unity, this...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2016) 77 (2): 175–191.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Doris Sommer Abstract During the US Cold War boom in area studies, scholars would sometimes innocently support homeland economic and political interests. In Latin America and elsewhere, the fact-finding focus often morphed into the look of love, as objects of investigation turned out to be more...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2017) 78 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 March 2017
... that is constitutively informed by an awareness of debt, debit, and credit. That profane mode of thought later finds more enthusiastic expression in the early English novels of Daniel Defoe and others, but it begins to take shape in Milton, who derives it from none other than religious sources such as...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2015) 76 (1): 79–95.
Published: 01 March 2015
... writer finds himself in the increasingly ludicrous condition of having nothing to write, of having no means with which to write it, and of being constrained by the utter necessity of always writing it.” One way of coping with this impasse was to take recourse to the fragment, in which words are not...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1940) 1 (3): 404.
Published: 01 September 1940
... JULIUS PETERSEN. Stuttgart : J. B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1940. Pp. 61. RM. 2.85. In the present monograph Professor Petersen publishes in very compact form his findings on the historical drama. Varying prac- tices of the Ancients, conflicting conceptions held by...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1949) 10 (1): 43–46.
Published: 01 March 1949
... metaphors being the other. But dialogue is found not only in his novels; it is in practically everything he wrote We even find it in some of his book reviews. These furnish us with the problem of attribution which follows. A reviewer may find a book good, bad, or indifferent. He may find it...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1951) 12 (3): 361.
Published: 01 September 1951
... levels and from a number of points of view. Thus, though the new critic may be shocked at the care and detail devoted to the supposedly inferior extrinsic studies, the positivist (i.e., believer in scientific method) will find more to object to. Indeed each group may be bothered by...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1951) 12 (1): 110–111.
Published: 01 March 1951
... serious student of the period that, even if we abandon the notion of miraculous “rebirth,” we may for convenience still call the Renaissance, should read Professor Ferguson’s book. Although he will find much in it that is familiar, he will also find much that is new. It will impress him once...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1953) 14 (1): 122–123.
Published: 01 March 1953
... mature work. Professor Lyon does not pretend to find The Excursioiz a thoroughly satis- factory poem. “The characters lack conviction. . . . They are open to Coleridge’s criticism of Wordsworth for ‘ventriloquizing.’ The transitions . . . are not always marked with sufficient clarity...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 1984) 45 (4): 415–416.
Published: 01 December 1984
... major interpreters” (p. 169), then we are well into the Bloom and Fish time ma- chine of weak and strong readings and institutional convention as the maker of truth. Certainly the next strong reader of Jerusalem will find Morton Paley’s book an indispensable guide to the continuing city as...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 1966) 27 (4): 475–476.
Published: 01 December 1966
... of Traherne’s writings, and, being a highly perceptive reader, he gives an appreciation of Tralierne’s work that is accurate and illuminating. Indeed, he grasps the central meaning of Traherne with greater clarity than one will find in some 01’ the more scholarly writings on this subject...