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Modern Language Quarterly (1940) 1 (2): 256–257.
Published: 01 June 1940
...E. H. Eby Forces in American Criticism . By Bernard Smith. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1939. Pp. 401. $3.00 Copyright 1940 by University of Washington Press 1940 256 Reviews passed by, but that was something to be treasured. The story runs pretty...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (2): 219–246.
Published: 01 June 2016
... ceremonies. The omission of Racine’s tragic corpus is a gaping hole in Louis Marin’s discussion of the seventeenth-century theory of representation. Marin sees a perfect correlation between Pierre Corneille’s theater and the theatricality of power, conceived of as a force constructed through a dialectic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (3): 323–346.
Published: 01 September 2023
... social situation. Drawing on recent work on the politics of style, this essay argues that Gissing’s narrative style is best understood in terms of two motivating forces powerfully at work in late nineteenth-century Britain: an ascendant popular culture and the massive expansion of the imperial regime...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (2): 195–221.
Published: 01 June 2009
... ) reveals the shortcomings of any interpretive desire to fix the text, not simply because the story delights in Romantic instability but because it posits phenomena of music and their effects as forces that frustrate every effort to localize. What Eichendorff presents to the reader is itself a “marble...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (2): 245–268.
Published: 01 June 2009
... forces. University of Washington 2009 Joyce Wexler is professor and chair of English at Loyola University Chicago. She is author of Laura Riding's Pursuit of Truth (1979), Laura Riding: A Bibliography (1981), and Who Paid for Modernism? Art, Money, and the Fiction of Conrad, Joyce...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (4): 415–441.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Janet Sorensen In dominant accounts, the eighteenth-century “ballad revival” brought a dead form back to life by digging up old songs and restoring their force and meaning. It also brought “the people,” as producers or consumers of ballads, to a kind of national public life but relegated them...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (1): 15–49.
Published: 01 March 2010
... the boundaries of decency and propriety while inviting censors and the public to hone their understanding of these concepts. In producing increasingly daring versions of Le paysan perverti (1775), Rétif repeatedly forced authorities to redraw the line between the passable and the prohibited. In this way he...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 433–451.
Published: 01 September 2012
... explore their formation in this way may discover new ways of seeing the affiliations between subjected parts of the world. In this light, derangement also assumes a productive force: it makes available new perspectives derived from shared but diverse expressions of peripheral historicity. The fundamental...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (4): 461–480.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Asha Varadharajan Harold Bloom's idiosyncratic poetic history is a perdurable cultural force with implications for our present, not just for Bloom's. His story of influence, his attention to the cultural and historical imaginary of “Europe,” can thus lend itself to postcolonial contexts equally...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (4): 491–515.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the creation of a system of kitchenless homes in California and the subsequent emancipation of women from forced domesticity. Gilman’s prose reflects on, and even formally replicates, the drudgery and repetition she associates with household labor. Gilman proposes an analogy between novels and kitchens...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (1): 29–36.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Jesse Rosenthal Abstract This essay looks at literary criticism’s persistent confession of critics’ secret relations to literature. It argues that such formalized secrecy and confession are used to insist on a personal orientation toward the literary object that helps deny the institutional forces...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (2): 167–193.
Published: 01 June 2019
...Jason de Stefano Abstract This essay shows how Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ideas of mental and artistic creativity emerged from debates about the creation of living form. Emerson came to believe that “creating nature” and “creative intellect” manifested the same “creative force,” a belief instilled...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 261–276.
Published: 01 June 2013
... to and circulation of Beethoven’s monumental music, then outlines how Beethoven’s access to literature serves as a paradigm of gaining access within a network of friends and discovering the liberating force of literature. Peter Höyng is associate professor and chair of German studies at Emory University...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 181–199.
Published: 01 June 2015
... of Paris demystifies the bildungsroman’s typically self-made protagonist by foregrounding how the probabilistic attribution of causal force to the human will resembles predestinarian belief in divine determination. The Eastern wish-fulfilling skin of Balzac’s title at once hyperbolizes the liberal fantasy...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (1): 27–53.
Published: 01 March 2021
... in “The Flower.” While Herbert’s speaker seeks God as that object, his own memory impedes him, making him question God’s goodness and forcing him not only to abandon forms of remembering that Herbert’s sources—from psalmists to theologians—employ so as to rise to praise, but also to use form in order to forget...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 177–200.
Published: 01 June 2021
... in cultivating complex acts of self-consciousness for which Hegel provides our best critical lens. With this focus, some important roles played by metaphysical conceits also become clear. The conceit forces acts of intense reflection. In the poetry, quintessentially in Donne’s “The Extasie,” there emerges...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (2): 191–205.
Published: 01 June 2022
... of the Anthropocene, on the other. It explores a series of entangled definitions of the Anglophone and the Anthropocene, including how each serves as an assessment of the uneven present, as a universalizing discourse, and as a force of temporalization. The essay contests the proposition that the key conceptual...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2024) 85 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2024
...Daniel DiMassa Abstract Serious fiction, according to Frank Kermode, avoids the apocalyptic paradigm of beginning, middle, and end. Part of the paradigm that escaped Kermode’s attention, however, is the inevitable defeat of evil by forces of good. The present essay inquires after the narratological...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1977) 38 (2): 167–177.
Published: 01 June 1977
... arid landscape. The first section corresponds, in its attitudes arid images, to Auden’s poetry through 1932. Its frozen rural landscape and impersonal urban one create a world in which human efforts are stifled, and communication is blocked, by oppressive external forces (the world of Paid...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1988) 49 (4): 321–341.
Published: 01 December 1988
... of any single thread.3 Only by separating out the force and prospective audience of each thread can we expect to define the full range of ideological purposes that shapes Disraeli’s fiction. My argument ultimately focuses on two ambiguous “hero” figures in Sybil, as the basis for the claim...