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Modern Language Quarterly (1974) 35 (2): 173–186.
Published: 01 June 1974
...David Parker Copyright © 1974 by Duke University Press 1974 OSCAR WILDE’S GREAT FARCE THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST By DAVIDPARKER It is generally agreed that The Zmportance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1985) 46 (4): 390–406.
Published: 01 December 1985
...Joan Baum Copyright © 1985 by Duke University Press 1985 ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MATHEMATICS TO WORDSWORTH By JOAN BAUM It has been almost fifty years since Ernest de Selincourt pointed out a little appreciated fact about...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (1): 133–145.
Published: 01 March 2009
...Patricia Ybarra This essay suggests that the erasure of such nineteenth-century works as Alfredo Chavero's Quetzalcóatl from mainstream Mexican theater histories has diminished the importance of theater as a mode of nation-building historiography even as national textbooks and archaeological...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 373–394.
Published: 01 September 2012
... was indeed an important strand of 1960s fiction, especially in the work of John McGahern, this essay argues that it was cross-fertilized by other realist narrative modes, including British documentary writing of the 1950s and 1960s. The Irish New Wave, however, differs in important respects from its British...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (4): 465–492.
Published: 01 December 2013
...James Kuzner With emphasis on John Donne, George Herbert, and Henry Vaughan, this essay explores metaphysical poetry’s strange meditations on the theme of freedom. This poetry displays—vividly, idiosyncratically, and with important differences—what Alain Badiou suggests and what Hannah Arendt...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (3): 267–287.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of interpretation at all has been a constant in the history of criticism. Interpretation has coincided only with periods in which literature as “secular scripture” was considered at once culturally important and difficult to understand—and not even always then, as modernist texts aimed to constitute their own...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (3): 319–340.
Published: 01 September 2009
...-Hegelian historiography illuminates the original stakes of early modern periodization and their radical deformation over time. In the process, his work not only facilitates a reassessment of many of the conventional claims made for the Spanish baroque but, more important, establishes a theoretical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (1): 15–49.
Published: 01 March 2010
... (1798), his contributions to the genre merit further analysis. This essay argues that Rétif played an important role in circumscribing the moral and legal limits of sexual representation in the eighteenth century and beyond. He did so not by producing blatantly obscene texts but by working to push...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (2): 245–268.
Published: 01 June 2008
... between Seneca's tragedy and Milton's epic. More than simply a story to which Milton alludes, Seneca's version of the Tantalus myth offers a model for understanding the important role played by allusion in historically belated literature. © 2008 by University of Washington 2008 “This More Delusive...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (2): 269–289.
Published: 01 June 2008
...John Richardson Nicholas Rowe's Tamerlane of 1701 marks an important step in the development of literary representations of military heroes. Rowe draws on and adapts seventeenth-century accounts of Timur and other soldiers to create a conqueror more virtuous and peace-loving than those portrayed...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (3): 367–389.
Published: 01 September 2008
... affect, and to glorify amoral modern individualism as embodied by the perverse Salome. Some important yet little-analyzed contemporary reviews of the play and the opera in Germany and Austria from 1905 to 1907 already noted such correspondences. They interpreted Strauss's choices as direct aesthetic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (4): 509–531.
Published: 01 December 2008
... present, they inspire creative adaptation and forgetful recombination. This revision of influence also challenges viral theories of cultural transmission by positing a more active role for the artist. More important than Harold Bloom's anxiety of influence is an anxiety of significance emerging from...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (2): 243–273.
Published: 01 June 2017
..., and journalistic articles, authors and studios alike reflected on the importance of preparing fiction for adaptation. The capacity of authors to imagine the afterlives of their prose works at the moment of composition may be called the “transmedial possibility” of fiction. Transmedial possibility, the theoretical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (3): 411–437.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Michaela Bronstein Criticism has long sought the political significance of literature in its engagement with an immediate historical context. Yet this approach fails to account for one of literature’s most important effects: its interaction with readers distant from its moment of creation...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (1): 69–94.
Published: 01 March 2012
... which her class vacillated, Bowen creates a cyclical history in which the deficiencies of gothic hysteria and detached professionalism supplement each other in a dialectical exchange. Understanding the socioeconomic circumstances underlying Bowen’s Court provides an important insight into how Bowen...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 289–308.
Published: 01 September 2012
... devoir de violence (Mali), Les soleils des indépendances (Côte d’Ivoire), and The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (Ghana). Only Devoir has been particularly important to the conversation about postcolonial literature and form, thanks to Kwame Anthony Appiah. Andrade’s first claim is that the relation...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 415–432.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Yoon Sun Lee This essay examines how the concept of realism applies to minor literature by retrieving and expanding Georg Lukács’s understanding of realism as the deliberate negation of modernism. In Lukács’s view, realism distinctively expresses an aspiration to totality. Its most important device...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (4): 505–526.
Published: 01 December 2012
... important outcome of this debate was the self-conscious historicity of the European national literatures as they consolidated new forms of cultural authority. The idea of historical change aligned the literary Moderns with a revolution in scientific discourse, including Baconian science. It also produced...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (4): 527–543.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Michael Modarelli The founding of the United States brought with it many conceptions of Englishness, among them the historical connection to an Anglo-Saxon past. To explain the importance of Anglo-Saxonism in the American nineteenth century, Modarelli argues that the northern American states...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (4): 569–595.
Published: 01 December 2012
... and other sinophone locations? This essay recognizes the significance of the Hong Kong identity discourse constructed around the 1997 “Handover,” but it argues that a historical narration of localness should not be confined by this discourse. Rather, it is important to consider the interactions between...