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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 225–251.
Published: 01 June 2021
... approaches, this essay argues that it is precisely the hermeneutic attention to particular works that has allowed critical humanists to think about literary practice within the most encompassing purview. For those in this tradition, “world literature” can never be a stable object but is a speculative...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1998) 59 (4): 514–518.
Published: 01 December 1998
... in this relation a version of the hermeneutic circle. The replacement of linear, “dead”logical criticism with “organic” hermeneutic circularity is, of course, also the topic of Bowie’s book, which therefore depends in intention (mediation), form (narrative), and content (history of hermeneutics...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (1): 165–169.
Published: 01 March 1993
... a parallel critique of contemporary theory and hermeneutics, which has largely avoided a serious engagement with the problem of facticity and positive knowledge, The unwillingness or inability of most influential literary theoreticians of the past twenty-five years to enter the fields of textual...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (3): 267–287.
Published: 01 September 2020
... suppose themselves to have stopped interpreting altogether, or even at all. Virginia Jackson is a brilliant interpreter and doesn’t pretend not to be. As I’ve said, the metacritical critique of interpretation “allows for, and perhaps calls for, the rethinking of the hermeneutic project without signaling...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1990) 51 (1): 90–96.
Published: 01 March 1990
... performance of the eunuch Pardoner, and by the exposure of the “ex- plicitly heterosexual hermeneutic acts” of reading, narrating, glossing, translating in Troilus and Criseyde and The Legend of Good Women, Chaucer discloses the cost-in lives and literature-of patriarchal hermeneutics. This cost...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1972) 33 (2): 213–217.
Published: 01 June 1972
... it. . . . Like a concert pianist, he must turn a text or score from object into beautiful movement, from fact to act. . .” (p. 38). “Heighten- ing, not levelling, is the imperative for the critic” (p. 39)-and heightening is the opposite of hermeneutics; it is a celebration of the intensity and conti...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1985) 46 (2): 202–208.
Published: 01 June 1985
..., and there were ecclesiastics on both sides. What the quarrel turned on, and to my view still does, is two deeply divergent ways of looking at a discourse. One, more familiar to most of us today, is hermeneutical; the other is rhetorical. Fleming, who represents the hermeneutical camp (along with the Col...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (1): 119–122.
Published: 01 March 2021
... such domains: rhetorical theory, legal hermeneutics, scriptural interpretation, philology, literary commentary, and sometimes philosophy. Ossa-Richardson has perused a vast array of textual commentaries, from classical times through the nineteenth century, as divines and scholars argued about texts, often...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1991) 52 (4): 463–466.
Published: 01 December 1991
...- rida in their respective interpretations of the (presumably) still more familiar Nietzsche. From this angular view, Behler provides a survey of certain central issues of deconstruction and hermeneutics that will be useful for readers who have walked the ground before. That such repetition...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1983) 44 (4): 425–429.
Published: 01 December 1983
... with significant comparisons to what Shake- speare wrote Reformation doctrine and theology, for Christopher, func- tion “as a base line”; they provide the “hermeneutic” (p. ix) that Milton’s poetry everywhere affirms, without imposing an orthodoxy on that poetry and without ever curtailing its polyphonic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (2): 239–242.
Published: 01 June 2022
... and individual texts that have much to reveal both about the two disciplines and, by inference as much as by open statement, about the particular operations of one area of the Victorian psyche. Indeed, the book’s frequent use of the word hermeneutics , although not precise in each iteration, makes clear...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 527–552.
Published: 01 December 2020
... with. Since poems tend to exploit a linguistic aptitude for equivocating and proliferating meaning, it is difficult to imagine “just reading” poetry without also needing to make various interpretive decisions. Staying on the surface of a poetic text does not exempt readers or listeners from hermeneutic labor...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (2): 195–219.
Published: 01 June 2008
... of readers reading. These experiences in turn enact the hermeneutic processes that critics employ in developing “readings” of texts, interpretations based on the same epistemological activities in which the common reader engages. 198 MLQ June 2008 is a common...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2001) 62 (4): 407–424.
Published: 01 December 2001
..., against hermeneutics and, more recently, New Historicism along the diachronic. At the moment, the impulse to historicize seems irre- sistible, yet the influence of synchronic modes of investigation remains, most apparently, perhaps, in the tendency to historicize very brief...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1991) 52 (1): 37–52.
Published: 01 March 1991
..., and it is to hermeneutics rather than “natural philosophy” that we must look for a solution.3 Coleridge began to practice, therefore, a language of interpretation whose sub- ject was language in the hope of showing that both human and natural language moved from and towards the tebs of the divine word...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1991) 52 (4): 460–463.
Published: 01 December 1991
... of Complex Words (1951), and MiZtm's God (1960). Not one of Empson's books echoes within contemporary debates about hermeneutics and modernity, semiotics and the speaking subject, or the legacy of Romanticism as an inte- gral feature of modernist literary theory, where the names of these other crit...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (3): 427–430.
Published: 01 September 1993
... MLQ I September 1993 a fiction to legitimate one particular apperceptive grid, no more or less legitimate, in spite of its erudition, than any other individual ideational enterprise of our time, certainly no more “historically correct” in the poli- tics of scholarship. As in the hermeneutics...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (1): 115–116.
Published: 01 March 2018
... Christocentric character of Frye’s theory of archetypes might have been made explicit, especially in the context of a fantasy of Babylon that is predicated on a Christian worldview. In the medieval imagination, Babylon is paradoxically a “pagan” city that was conceptualized in terms of a Christian hermeneutic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 341–353.
Published: 01 September 2018
....” Such a formulation assumes that tropes are used in literature to aid the richness and vividness of what is being said, that is, what is called the “hermeneutic” meaning. I hold, rather, that while tropes may appear to function as aids to richness of meaning, one must distinguish what is said, “hermeneutics,” from...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (2): 299–303.
Published: 01 June 2008
... derive meaning from texts, language, and memory. Victorian hermeneutics has hitherto been of little interest to scholars, sandwiched as it is between the German Romantic tradition of F. D. E. Schleiermacher on one side and the emergence of twentieth-century Continental “theory” on the other...