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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (4): 495–525.
Published: 01 December 2009
... to those of the mid-eighteenth century. In thus arguing for Waverley as a rumination on the history of the novel “sixty years since”—as a literary-historical as well as historical novel—the essay considers Scott's debt to the most popular of these midcentury fictions, the object narrative, by reading...
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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 (2014) 75 (4): 577–580.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., Objects, and Public Image in Renaissance Italy. By Susan Gaylard. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013. x + 372 pp. Among the stranger stories in Two Hundred Novellas, a short-­lived Boccaccian knockoff of 1609, is that of a gullible pigment grinder and his tormentors. Set in mid-­sixteenth...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (4): 427–442.
Published: 01 December 2022
... an interest in persons, situations, and worlds imagined at a level of detail and complexity well beyond the fictional placeholders other disciplines employ in their thought experiments. This raises ethical and ontological questions about the “reality” of our objects of study. Dominant Western epistemological...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1967) 28 (1): 45–59.
Published: 01 March 1967
...Rudolf D. Schier Copyright © 1967 by Duke University Press 1967 NATURAL OBJECTS AND THE IMAGINATION MORIKES VIEW OF POETIC LANGUAGE By RUDOLFD. SCHIER Sie stiegen Arm in Arm uber den Graben an der StraBe und so...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1965) 26 (3): 426–431.
Published: 01 September 1965
...David J. DeLaura Copyright © 1965 by Duke University Press 1965 PATER AND ELIOT THE ORIGIN OF THE “OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVE” By DAVIDJ. DELAURA Conjectures have been made concerning possible sources for T S. Eliot’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (1): 27–53.
Published: 01 March 2021
...James Kuzner Abstract This essay dwells on George Herbert’s “The Flower” and on how its speaker can love and praise God. Writing of praise and doubt, Stanley Cavell remarks that the problem of skepticism is partly a problem of finding an object that one can praise, a search that certainly occurs...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 239–259.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Wendy Allison Lee Abstract This essay examines the work of detail in contemporary Asian American metafiction by reconsidering Georg Lukács’s understanding of description as a mode of fiction that transforms humans into observers and objects via an excess of detail. Lukács’s work has informed views...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (3): 329–366.
Published: 01 September 2010
... and recurrent confessional impulse permit reconstruction of much of his reading experience, recording not simply his internalization of formative texts but also his attraction to books as auratic objects for consumption. For students of book history, Updike's “story of reading” yields a quarry of information...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (3): 369–397.
Published: 01 September 2011
... that economic and aesthetic values emerge at the intersection between the material attributes of the (economic or aesthetic) object and the imaginative fantasies projected onto it by prospective consumers. Richard T. Gray is Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities in the department...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (2): 201–235.
Published: 01 June 2012
... . Serial forms synchronize naturalist representation through a slow temporality that enables viewers and characters to share a deferred longing for the social transformations once symbolized by the 1960s. Mad Men ’s objective situation is today’s neoliberal condition, connected to the longue durée...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 351–372.
Published: 01 September 2012
... of the novel’s conception of reality in the Mexican borderlands: first, the Ciudad Juárez femicides as objects of representation; second, the economic conditions underlying the systemic violence perpetrated against female maquiladora workers and the rift between labor and capital; and third, the relation of art...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (2): 245–268.
Published: 01 June 2008
... and that deceive the fallen angels by turning to ash in their mouths. This episode has been the object of much critical discussion, and none of its identified sources, including the Bible, Lucan, and Spenser, provides a convincing model for Milton's depiction of the tantalizing food. I propose that Milton imitates...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (1): 53–80.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Taylor Schey Abstract Literary history commonly holds that the Enlightenment inaugurated an epistemological crisis to which the British Romantic poets sought to respond. The skeptical separation of subject and object is considered a central problem for Romanticism, which is thought to rest...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (1): 29–36.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Jesse Rosenthal Abstract This essay looks at literary criticism’s persistent confession of critics’ secret relations to literature. It argues that such formalized secrecy and confession are used to insist on a personal orientation toward the literary object that helps deny the institutional forces...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (1): 41–63.
Published: 01 March 2016
... heterogeneity were intrinsically related to its political critique. His objections to “Lycidas” also reflected his view that pastoral depicted an idealized life of rural leisure to distract and entertain city men. This ancient association between pastoral and leisure may have informed eighteenth-century readers...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (2): 175–191.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Doris Sommer Abstract During the US Cold War boom in area studies, scholars would sometimes innocently support homeland economic and political interests. In Latin America and elsewhere, the fact-finding focus often morphed into the look of love, as objects of investigation turned out to be more...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 177–200.
Published: 01 June 2021
... a drama of the agents carrying out distinctive acts of self-interpretation: the fullness of love depends on hearing themselves speak and trying to imagine the objective difference that hearing is making in their behavior toward the other lover. altieri@berkeley.edu Copyright © 2021 by University...
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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 (2022) 83 (1): 27–55.
Published: 01 March 2022
... (a person, an artwork, a battle) that prioritizes the act of typifying, an act that does not sacrifice but discloses, or even constitutes, the individual. Like the Proustian type, context is best understood not as an alienation from, but as a route to, the particularity of the literary object. 12 One...