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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (1): 67–96.
Published: 01 March 2009
... in comparative religion posed a challenge to the dominant linear and evolutionary historiography of the human, at the same time placing the global primitive at the center of the idea of culture. Advocating a utilitarian theory of art (challenging the Kantian autotelic definition), the period's numerous studies...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1986) 47 (4): 393–421.
Published: 01 December 1986
...Marc Manganaro Copyright © 1986 by Duke University Press 1986 “BEATING A DRUM IN A JUNGLE” T. S. ELIOT ON THE ARTIST AS “PRIMITIVE” By MARCMANGANARO Throughout his career the utterly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (1): 49–73.
Published: 01 March 2011
...” discourse. In key works shaping nineteenth-century political and psychological identifications with Africa, Black Atlantic writers erased the multistoried hybridity of a mixed Muslim, Arab, and “native” West Africa. To imagine a pan-African solidarity figured around nation building on a primitive frontier...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1943) 4 (2): 213–224.
Published: 01 June 1943
... and animated by love of nature, a people living according to primitive impulses and unspoiled by civilization, a race dear to Gerstacker’s whole being. It is in the descriptions of these parts of the American landscape that his style takes on an enthusi- astic swing. Not much space is given...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (4): 345–382.
Published: 01 December 1994
...-Pritchard, Witchmajl, Oracles, and Magic among the Azande (Oxford: Clarendon, 1937). Alan MacFarlane borrows from Evans-Pritchard’s work on “primitive” or non-Western magic to study the witch in European culture (Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England: A Regional and Comparative Study [London...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1967) 28 (3): 378–379.
Published: 01 September 1967
... who destroyed Grendel” (p. 5); “besides the primitive unity of a single hero, there is a second almost as primitive: the adventures are of the same kind” (p. 5); there is a strict economy in “the concentration on a few days. in Beowulf‘s long life” (p. 5); “it was a stroke of genius...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1989) 50 (3): 282–285.
Published: 01 September 1989
... same,’ even though every nation did not progress at either the same rate or to the same degree” (pp. 19-20). Abrams’s concept of “the common na- ture of men, always and everywhere” leads to his taking the “‘cultural’ primitives” (Mirror,pp. 104, 105) in Wordsworth as the norm of a static...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1960) 21 (3): 195–207.
Published: 01 September 1960
...-single in the richness of its creation and, in one sense, individual in time and place. One way to illuminate the poem is to view its ballad quality, its Scottish-northern-primitive coloring, as it came out of the literary climate of Keats’s time, knowing all the while that illumination...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1970) 31 (4): 461–473.
Published: 01 December 1970
... reached a level of human consciousness and experience on which they fail to grasp the deeper meaning of the stories. Indeed, his brothers still have a tendency to revert to primitive emotions (“Urgeblok as Dinah’s story and the events that culminate in the “rending” of Joseph’s veil clearly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1977) 38 (2): 123–131.
Published: 01 June 1977
... generally accepted,” and quotes in sup- port Percival, who also says that they represent the primitive church.’ Recent commentators on the episode have generally ignored this inter- pretation, however, and usually substitute readings that are either more...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1966) 27 (1): 93–95.
Published: 01 March 1966
... influences upon the comedies- 94 REVIEWS Janet Spens, C. L. Barber, Northrop Frye-he makes a gift of Occam’s razor, allowing the complicity of “primitive modes of thought” in Shake- spearean creation but dismissing “primitive acts of ritual...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1967) 28 (3): 379–381.
Published: 01 September 1967
... with such sharp statements and worthy starting points as these: “The extant form [of Beowutfl suggests a serial in three instalments” (p. 4); “the plot seems to have been built up to meet the demand for another story about the hero who destroyed Grendel” (p. 5); “besides the primitive unity...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1961) 22 (3): 269–282.
Published: 01 September 1961
... to accept Rous- seau’s system itself, he admires its brilliance and is willing to concede the validity of two of its main premises : that the primitive state may have been a happy one and that the arts and sciences have always constituted a threat to human happiness. He maintains, nevertheless...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1998) 59 (4): 471–496.
Published: 01 December 1998
... inscribes it in a writing that marks all of these functions of the written as “primitive.” As Schoolcraft wrote: “Picture-writing was the earliest form of the nota- tion of ideas adopted by mankind. There can be little question that it was practised in the primitive ages, and that it preceded...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1972) 33 (4): 449–453.
Published: 01 December 1972
... that Empson finds central to pas- toral but also a discovery of unfamiliar dimensions of nature and a common sacred ground in the landscape, the mysteries and primitive symbols of which are so basic that all participants in them are “leveled” upward. (p. 11) Not only does Toliver convey...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1947) 8 (3): 375–376.
Published: 01 September 1947
... and methods of assembling them, and he touches on unsolved problems, desirable undertakings, and future possi- bilities. After stressing the universality of the folktale as a primitive and perhaps the earliest form of narrative and the varied shapes it may assume, he devotes many...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1978) 39 (2): 154–168.
Published: 01 June 1978
... 155 need to be rescued from the dying civilization of modern Europe and America; and second, of the beauty and horror inherent in any attempt to return to a more primitive religion and way of life. Gradually the fictions suggest that health and wholeness of being lie in one’s ability...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1952) 13 (3): 277–284.
Published: 01 September 1952
... in the following examples: (2) amorphe gestaltlos sous la forme de cristaux als Krystalle gebildet formes trbdiverses sehr verschiedene Gestalten formes primitives Urformen formes secondaires abgeleitete Formen...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1946) 7 (1): 21–33.
Published: 01 March 1946
... is greater than a casual glance at several collec- tions of Spanish ballads would seem to indicate. The primitive verse was, normally, a sixteen-syllable line, with fixed stresses on the sev- enth syllable of each hemistich and a single assonance binding all the lines into one unit, This long line...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1982) 43 (4): 315–336.
Published: 01 December 1982
... of his critics. And the answer is the more complex because, as Manly discovers, complete repudiation of society is not within the ca- pacities of man’s nature. Man has enough primitive egocentricity in his nature to make society fragmented and unstable, but he is also enough of a social...