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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (4): 461–492.
Published: 01 December 2011
... expectations and desires of readers to whom the gestures were addressed. It argues that if the aristocratic airs adopted by writers situate them squarely in the Old Regime, the readerly practices to which they appealed (and which they in turn shaped)—individualized and moralized as well as commercialized—might...
Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (2): 157–174.
Published: 01 June 2012
.... Drawn along a part of the globe that the West regarded as distant, exotic, and racially and culturally inferior, the date line is conveniently ignored in the works of these authors, who transplant what might otherwise be universal anxieties of modernity onto an exotic locale outside the regular view...
Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 309–328.
Published: 01 September 2012
... that what might seem conceptual separations (romance/realism or realism/modernism) were complicated by the terms of the colonial cultural and literary relationship itself — by the encounter between forms codified in Europe and the incomplete colonial project. Colonized writers needed an aesthetic ideology...
Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 415–432.
Published: 01 September 2012
... is typicality, which claims to broaden the significance of what might seem merely particular. This definition of realism illuminates two pioneering works of Asian American literature. Jade Snow Wong and Maxine Hong Kingston, despite their many differences, both engage in the realist project of overcoming...
Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (1): 57–75.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Kent Puckett This essay follows several changes in the dating of “The Darkling Thrush” to ask what the number 1900 might have meant to Thomas Hardy. Although Hardy did not make many edits to the poem itself, he did change the way that it was dated at every opportunity: in manuscript, the date...
Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (2): 239–257.
Published: 01 June 2014
... intellectual circle, which included Algernon Swinburne, Walter Pater, and John Addington Symonds, the essay opens up the sometimes surprising ways in which intellectually innovative discussions about literature might occur within the walls of the university, albeit outside the strictures of the curriculum...
Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (4): 447–463.
Published: 01 December 2015
... him to probe a broader readerly skepticism, extending beyond irony to epistemological questions of the truth of narratives and how they might be assessed. 9 Before his story is over, Berganza will both be exhibited as an entertainer himself and serve a poet who writes plays. 10 Cascardi...
Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 447–471.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., ethos, and temporality of “customer service” might be taken as the dominant logic of contemporary fiction as such. Copyright © 2016 by University of Washington 2016 contemporary corporate self-publishing temporality genre Should Amazon.com now be considered the driving force...
Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (3): 301–319.
Published: 01 September 2017
... that periodizing scholarship has been reading his poetry. Readers can approach Milton’s works as he approached his earlier sources: to see what they might offer our understanding of events in our contexts, that is, anachronistically. Reading anachronistically is, after all, one of the principal advantages...
Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Susan Stanford Friedman Abstract Can literary history be done without the conventional reliance on linear periodization? What might a literary history of modernism look like without the usual periodization of roughly 1890–1940? This essay reviews the arguments for and against periodization...
Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (1): 67–96.
Published: 01 March 2009
.... At the same time, primitive dance and ceremony served in such films as metonymies for the living yet evanescent primitive, whose culture film was to capture before it might disappear forever. Like ethnographic film, the ethnographic exhibit (in the World's Fair and elsewhere) gave primitive performance...
Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (1): 97–116.
Published: 01 March 2009
... reader to return to the comic texts and unsilence them, to begin to listen to the rage and memory of the preconquered. Jacques Derrida asked if there was “a history of silence,” and exhuming curses and buried rage might begin to unsettle a history of laughter and violent displacement. © 2009...
Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (2): 223–243.
Published: 01 June 2009
... culture's end-driven tendencies by taking the viewing process out of the viewer's hands. While readers can read novels as they please, visual technologies function independently of the spectator. From them, James thought, twentieth-century novelists might derive formal strategies to solve the problem...
Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (4): 415–441.
Published: 01 December 2009
...,” collections of songs from various locales in his native northeastern England. Lacking the explanatory prefaces and footnotes that might make meaning available to broader or later audiences, Ritson's garlands targeted a decidedly ephemeral local community in the present. In the face of dominant antiquarian...
Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (2): 225–252.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Charles Altieri This essay asks how T. S. Eliot's dissertation work on F. H. Bradley influenced changes in his poetry: negatively from the self-consciousness attitudinizing of Laforguian analysis and positively to what a Bradleyan sense of “degrees of reality” might be said to sponsor. Bradley...
Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (3): 293–317.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Bruce Robbins The critique of theodicy might form part of the rationale for a renewed version of literary study. This hypothesis, suggested by James Wood's New York Times oped on the 2010 Haiti earthquake, leads to an interrogation of the status of literature: Is it a secular concept, as Richard...
Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (3): 391–413.
Published: 01 September 2008
..., and Andreas Killen, among others? What might such a thought experiment tell us about postmodernism, and about periodization in general? Even more decisively than in 1973, culture in 1966 is characterized by a series of “breakdowns”—of developments that get ahead of themselves, that stall out and recoil...
Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (4): 437–459.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Paul H. Fry Harold Bloom in his “anxiety of influence” phase is often thought to insist on an intertextual dynamic that is ahistorical. This view might seem to be confirmed by comparison with the text of Bloom's “strong precursor,” T. S. Eliot's “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” The reason...
Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (1): 31–56.
Published: 01 March 2015
... is committed to microscopic description, below the level of experiential subjectivity, and to macroscopic abstraction. Some of the odder fictional experiments of the era are best understood with reference to the morphology of naturalism, including what might be called the speculative naturalism of Richard...
Modern Language Quarterly (1955) 16 (4): 291–298.
Published: 01 December 1955
...Arthur E. DuBois Copyright © 1955 by Duke University Press 1955 STOD ON STAPOLE By ARTHURE. DUBOIS Torn from the body, Grendel’s arm was put down inside Heorot. Hrohgar (926) stod on stapole to see it.‘ He might have viewed the arm from...