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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (2): 219–241.
Published: 01 June 2020
.... Furthermore, by reproducing in style the features of a particular historical temporality, their work suggests a method for reading the historicity of temporality through literary style. Copyright © 2020 by University of Washington 2020 lateness late style the contemporary Philip Roth Don DeLillo...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (2): 139–172.
Published: 01 June 2017
... is unavoidable: people differ, and so do aesthetic and moral preferences. So if subjectivity is inescapable, we should accept chaotic diversity in a spirit of courteous toleration. Copyright © 2017 by University of Washington 2017 axiology literary value methods of reading revaluation aesthetic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (1): 77–106.
Published: 01 March 2017
... of the activities and insights of textual scholarship and is inherited from, rather than opposed to, the New Criticism and its core method of “close reading.” Literary history requires not new or integrated methods but a new scholarly object capable of managing the documentary record’s complexity, especially...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 159–180.
Published: 01 June 2015
...) is dominated by a sense of inevitability, whereas judgment concerns the things that can be otherwise. A close reading of Joseph Andrews shows that Fielding does not deploy uncritically the methods and assumptions of a nascent social theory. Rather, he teaches us that those methods and assumptions hold only...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 171–195.
Published: 01 June 2013
... that the reading methods we bring to born-translated writing are symbiotic with dominant accounts of modernism, and they give us the opportunity to develop new methods and new approaches to literary history. Rebecca L. Walkowitz is associate professor of English at Rutgers University and Walter Jackson...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 419–445.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Heather Love Abstract In recent debates about reading methods, in the field of microsociology, and in the history of the novel, small-scale observations of everyday life tend to be understood as conservative, reinforcing the status quo. Through a reading of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 441–472.
Published: 01 December 2021
... to a mainstream Anglophone audience: Joris-Karl Huysmans’s En Route (1895, trans. 1896) and La cathédrale (1898, trans. 1898) and Pierre Louÿs’s Aphrodite: Mœurs antiques (1896, trans. 1900 and 1906) and La femme et le pantin (1898, trans. 1908). By reading letters, memoirs, and prefaces alongside periodical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1968) 29 (1): 108–110.
Published: 01 March 1968
..., but is not related to the alternative theory, creation ex chuos, which is actually the source of Milton’s theory of poetic creation. If I have emphasized the problem of the method of reading Colie’s book, it is because that is the central problem. Just as in reading Nietzsche or McLuhan one must set...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1968) 29 (1): 110–112.
Published: 01 March 1968
... is actually the source of Milton’s theory of poetic creation. If I have emphasized the problem of the method of reading Colie’s book, it is because that is the central problem. Just as in reading Nietzsche or McLuhan one must set aside the normal expectation of discursive exposition and read...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (3): 285–287.
Published: 01 September 1959
... difficulties to be tenable This key interpretation clears the way for his analysis of the remainder of the poem. Frank‘s observations on the flexibility of the poet’s use of the triad (Dowe!, Dobet, and Dobest), his rejection of the autobiographical method of reading the poem (still surprisingly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (3): 285–287.
Published: 01 September 1959
... creates too many difficulties to be tenable This key interpretation clears the way for his analysis of the remainder of the poem. Frank‘s observations on the flexibility of the poet’s use of the triad (Dowe!, Dobet, and Dobest), his rejection of the autobiographical method of reading the poem...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1983) 44 (2): 198–206.
Published: 01 June 1983
... mode of reading. Hamilton’s Sir Philip Sidney: A Study of His Life and Worh (1977) renewed (with vastly improved sophistication) the auto- biographical interest which in the early years of this century had been a method of reading Astrophil and Stella. Hamilton’s contribu- tion was to make us...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 225–251.
Published: 01 June 2021
... At the same time, the proliferation of online textual content created a new zeal for large-scale data analysis and “algorithmic criticism.” 2 There has also been strong resistance to these developments, with many scholars continuing to express an affinity for close reading, interpretative methods...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1972) 33 (4): 396–404.
Published: 01 December 1972
... successive con- text adds association to association within the song ~eriesBoth Hirsch and Gleckner are fine critics, but both suggestions are wrong and unfortunately misleading; there is, in fact, no method, either dia- lectical or archetypal, for the reading of Blake’s Songs of Innocence. I do...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1980) 41 (3): 298–300.
Published: 01 September 1980
... modernity are soundly refreshing, yet for lack of proper focus and proper method, his readings of individual nov- els often leave us in a state of puzzled frustration. Moreover, his study is marred, especially in its second half, by blatant distortions and oversimplifica- tions. For all its...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 567–577.
Published: 01 December 2020
....” The coda to Goodlad’s essay suggests that the shortcomings of distant reading may not be only analytic but moral as well. As a method, distant reading tends to abet rather than resist or forestall the presently baleful effects of big tech on our social, political, and economic lives. The problem...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2019
...—as the present itself is—by the past and future within it. In retrospect, I can see that what I called a collage method of reading global modernisms across the long twentieth century in Planetary Modernisms was an experiment in doing literary history outside conventional periodization, although I did...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2011
... more than I mean to endorse poetics — ­maybe “literature as a whole” is a bad idea — ­but only to distinguish between, on the one hand, a method of reading works by interpreting them in a context and, on the other, a field of research that studies the history of things such as compositional...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 297–319.
Published: 01 September 2016
... introduced into university lecturing a few decades before Auerbach wrote his magnum opus: the slide projector. Several years ago Stephen Best and I suggested that literary criticism, not least because of the turn to digital methods, was undergoing a shift from symptomatic reading, which sought...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2003) 64 (1): 123–126.
Published: 01 March 2003
... be explained by the poet’s biography (35). As she asks about categories of poems and stan- dards of selection, so she might ask about reading itself: What methods of reading do anthologies cultivate? How do anthologies train and distinguish readers, as individuals and as collectivities? How have...