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Modern Language Quarterly (1941) 2 (1): 123–129.
Published: 01 March 1941
...Frederick M. Padelford By Herbert David Rix. The Pennsylvania State College Studies, No. 7, State College, Pennsylvania, 1940. Pp. 88. Copyright © 1941 by Duke University Press 1941 REVIEWS Renaissance Literary Theory and Practice. Classicism in the Rheto...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1998) 59 (4): 514–518.
Published: 01 December 1998
...Helmut Müller-Sievers Andrew Bowie. From Romanticism to Critical Theory: The Philosophy of German Literary Theory . London: Routledge, 1997. ix + 346 pp. $69.95 cloth, $19.95 paper. © 1998 University of Washington 1998 514 MLQ I December 1998...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 341–353.
Published: 01 September 2018
...J. Hillis Miller Abstract The authors of the essays on Western theory in China in this issue of MLQ all favor the development of a distinctively Chinese literary theory. Wang Ning focuses on the influence since 1950 of Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Derrida, and Alain Badiou. Zhang Jiang more or less...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 269–288.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Zhang Jiang Abstract No doubt twentieth-century Western literary theory has achieved remarkable results and historical advances. But the so-called imposed interpretation is one of its fundamental shortcomings. Imposed interpretation here refers to the practices that deviate from the text and dispel...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (4): 345–382.
Published: 01 December 1994
... precapitalist household. The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: Romance, Anthropology, and Literary Theory Vincent P. Pecora This small mystical elite not only directs the community’s religious life but, as it were, guards its “soul.” The shaman is the great specialist in the human...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1981) 42 (2): 192–194.
Published: 01 June 1981
...Michael Murrin L. MONTGOMERY ROBERT. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1979. vii + 235 pp. $14.00. Copyright © 1981 by Duke University Press 1981 REVIEWS The Reader’s Eye: Studies in Didactic Literary Theory from Dante to...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 323–340.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., especially after the 2008 global economic woes that showed the decline of Euro-American capitalism and China’s simultaneous ascendance as the world’s second largest economy, called forth renewed efforts for Chinese exceptionalism vis-à-vis Western universalism. Since Western literary theories, be they...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 249–267.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Wang Ning Abstract Of all the Western critical theories received in China, French theories have exerted the greatest influence on China’s literary theory and criticism. Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist philosophy and literary theory have had tremendous influence not only on China’s contemporary...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 309–322.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Theo D’haen Abstract The articles at the center of this issue of MLQ , Wang Ning’s “French Theories in China and the Chinese Theoretical (Re)construction,” Zhang Jiang’s “On Imposed Interpretation and Chinese Construction of Literary Theory,” and Zhu Liyuan’s “Hillis Miller on the End of Literature...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1981) 42 (4): 404–406.
Published: 01 December 1981
...Wallace Martin ALTIERI CHARLES. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1981. viii + 344 pp. $27.50. Copyright © 1981 by Duke University Press 1981 404 REVIEWS Act and Quality: A Theory of Literary Meaning and Humanistic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1995) 56 (2): 207–220.
Published: 01 June 1995
... English at Brown University. Coauthor (with Nancy Armstrong) of The Imaginary Puritan: Literature, Intellectual Labor, and the Origins of Personal Life (1992), he is working on a book about American sentimentalism. American Literary History in the Age of Critical Theory and Multiculturalism...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1996) 57 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 1996
... Blanchot. Along the Fatal Narrative Turn (Toward an Anarchic Theory of Literary History) Gerald L. Bruns Late in September 1958, in a hotel in Stockholm, I set about writing this lec- ture for delivery a week later at the Brussels Fair. I recalled a remark made...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 289–307.
Published: 01 September 2018
... coincided historically with scholarly concerns over visual culture, the aestheticization of everyday life, cultural studies, and globalization. Each of these discussions contains related insights into the future development and transformation of literary theory and its disciplinary boundaries. The turn-of...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (4): 479–494.
Published: 01 December 2019
... . Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press . Eagleton Terry . 2008 . Literary Theory: An Introduction . 3rd ed. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press . English James F. 2005 . The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value . Cambridge, MA...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (4): 473–498.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Eric Weiskott Abstract Since the sixteenth century, the history of English poetics has had two sides: a history of theory and a history of practice. Contemporary literary scholars are mapping new connections between the history of theory and the history of practice, under the rubric of “historical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (2): 129–161.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Eric Hayot Is it possible to come up with a better theory of the world than the ones governing contemporary debates on world literature and world-systems, to invent one more closely connected to the literary itself? This essay rethinks the relationship between “world” and literature, not to produce...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (1): 57–77.
Published: 01 March 2015
...; conversely, literary studies rarely consider empiricist political theory in contexts later than Victorian realism. Wells’s works challenge these conventions by reflecting on the writings of Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Wells questions the social contract hypothesis that individual interests...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (2): 221–243.
Published: 01 June 2008
...David Randall In Habermasian theory, the bourgeois public sphere was preceded by a literary public sphere whose favored genres revealed the interiority of the self and emphasized an audience-oriented subjectivity. This essay argues that the association of this early modern literary discourse with...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (2): 279–296.
Published: 01 June 2014
... account of the evolution of English studies. This essay builds and tests the theory that literary societies were agents for disseminating not only literature but scholarly practice, spreading productive debate about curricula, relevance, and the public benefit of literature over the English-speaking world...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (3): 327–354.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Nicholas Birns It is often said that the 1960s was an era of phenomenology in literary criticism. Interrogating this only partly justified statement leads us to a revised genealogy of theory in US academe. The famed 1966 conference at Johns Hopkins University saw the nearly simultaneous emergence...