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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (1): 51–76.
Published: 01 March 2017
... grotesque the inseparably erotic, familial, and financial tendencies of comic plot. In Desire under the Elms , for example, lovers are brought together but placed under arrest. The metacomedies record O’Neill’s reaction against the coalescent endings common to two modes of drama that he knew well...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (1): 29–44.
Published: 01 March 2008
... unchanged. However, Lu Xun's vision of literature and his writing techniques also draw on features common to symbolism, surrealism, supernatural realism, grotesque realism, magic realism, and other experimental forms. Since these are modernist, even postmodern, features, it would be of great interest...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1987) 48 (1): 3–19.
Published: 01 March 1987
... of God or of man’s warring ambitions, lends itself to graphic depic- tion. The authors of Cleanness, The Siege ofJerusalem, and The Destruc- tion of Troy are especially adept at such description. Grotesque or ghoulish apparitions are related to the topos of suffering in their similar use...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1964) 25 (3): 346–355.
Published: 01 September 1964
... to the affinities between the tragic theater and our own theater of the absurd, or theater of the gro- tesque, as he prefers to call it: ce nouveau grotesque . . . s’attaque aux problkmes, conflits et thkmes de la tragddie: la condition humaine, le sens de la vie, la libertk et la ndcessitd...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1986) 47 (3): 253–271.
Published: 01 September 1986
... ISABELLA painting as containing not “perfect abstractions” but grotesque elements. He imagines, for example, that its ‘tjuts of aged stone” (47)were “Founded with many a mason-devil’s groan” (48), and that the light from the windows is “like a beauteous woman’s large blue eyes / Gone mad...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1999) 60 (3): 426–428.
Published: 01 September 1999
... to an intriguing discussion of Browning’s grotesque pictorialism and its concealed affinities with the practices of his romantic predecessors. At such moments the book seems poised to make some solid contributions to the ongoing discussion of romantic allegory. Yet even here some cautionary words...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1969) 30 (3): 319–330.
Published: 01 September 1969
... occasionally arm their characters with a variety of crude or grotesque implements, designed to contrast more or less strikingly with knightly equipment. As E. R. Curtius has convincingly demonstrated, such a juxtaposition of noble and lowly elements, of seriousness and levity, is not foreign...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1977) 38 (3): 292–303.
Published: 01 September 1977
... 293 dramatists, Durrenmatt had sought to put a model of the real world on the stage, to invent characters that were grotesque imitations of man, to put them through a dramatic conflict of complication, climax, and ca- tastrophe in plays that were recognizably patterned on the genres...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1988) 49 (3): 239–261.
Published: 01 September 1988
... as if over a battle-field of slaughter,” and adds, “when my eye flees from the present to the past, it always discovers the same thing: fragments and limbs and dreadful chances-but no men!” (p. 160). This grotesque and satirical vision is Nietzsche’s version of the Valley of Dry Bones...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1962) 23 (4): 323–336.
Published: 01 December 1962
... of relish, and Nature’s vindictive or idiot humors are described at times with a freakishness of phrase that affects one almost as gaiety. The brisk tone, the grotesque imagery, the buoyant rhythm, and the fantastic incidents remind us that this work is by the same poet who wrote the “Pied Piper...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1991) 52 (4): 357–375.
Published: 01 December 1991
...) that women patients “invented”psychoanalysis-Anna 0. the “talking cure” and Dora transference-so femininity and maternity may be said here to have supplied Bakhtin with the necessary material for his theory of carnival and the grotesque.22 Rabelais’s Gurgantua...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1960) 21 (3): 223–227.
Published: 01 September 1960
... wrath. Thus viewed, his mighty promise appears to be simply absurd. Knight (1930) fitted Lear’s wild talk of revenge neatly in with a satiric idea of the play as filled with “comedy of the grotesque.” He wondered “What could be more painfully incongruous, spoken . . . by an old man, a King...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1960) 21 (1): 3–26.
Published: 01 March 1960
... and sub- lime elements, even when he views both from the same vantage point : You are first surprized and delighted, with the grotesque appearance of the romantic rock, near Kinfare . . . which had you been a stranger to, you must have considered as the huge and heavy ruin of some...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1986) 47 (1): 3–18.
Published: 01 March 1986
... Press, 1973), p. 138. 8 DRAMATIC DISCORD IN MIDDLETON Wife, gallant, and merchant all rejoice in their new-found wisdom in terms so piously exaggerated that they invite their own kind of skepticism. The mechanism of conversion, a grotesque intrusion...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1969) 30 (4): 605–607.
Published: 01 December 1969
... graduate student and colleague, David R. Mor- gan. ‘L’lnterpre’tation de Rabelais au XVP siBcle (Genhve, 1961). DONALD M. FRAME GO7 ness,” dogma, and caste. The popular-festive, carnivalesque body is grotesque (but never somberly so), open...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1965) 26 (3): 388–400.
Published: 01 September 1965
...) Martin, because of his natural affinity for the grotesque, immediately diagnosed the young Nobleman’s problem; but the grotesque in the Memoirs is always an expression of some abiding traits of human na- ture: the dissatisfaction with the body; the urge to escape to new worlds, whether...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1966) 27 (4): 431–448.
Published: 01 December 1966
... natural and moral limitations and thus has interfered with Fate. The grotesque happenings of Die Physiker (1962) intensify rather than belie Durrenmatt’s gave concern about the dread power of the scientist’s knowledge. Detached from both ideological camps, Diirren- matt indulges in a clever...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1984) 45 (2): 204–207.
Published: 01 June 1984
... methods. He shows how artists used the available aes- thetic modes of beautiful, picturesque, sublime, and grotesque to make shattering historical events and disturbing subversive energies comprehen- sible. Thus a beautiful pastoral imagery of sunlight, buds, blossoms, fruit, and Edenic gardens...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1957) 18 (2): 83–99.
Published: 01 June 1957
... with Kunigunde’s ribbon stands out like a grotesque detail enlarged, a close-up, against a background of what would be the main action in a character drama, namely, Ottokar at the back of the stage, dis- cussing the defection of his vassals and giving orders for their arrest. But the perspective...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1968) 29 (1): 94–98.
Published: 01 March 1968
... predominantly a time of penance. Kolve’s later chapters move from form to content. His basic concern seems to be to account for the “grotesqueness” of medieval drama, and the play theory of art is once again invoked, not always happily, one feels. The chapter on medieval time and place has some...