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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2005) 66 (3): 400–403.
Published: 01 September 2005
...Jesse Matz The One vs. the Many: Minor Characters and the Space of the Protagonist in the Novel . By Alex Woloch. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003. ix + 391 pp. © 2005 University of Washington 2005 Jesse Matz is associate professor of English at Kenyon College. He is...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2011) 72 (2): 201–223.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Raphaël Ingelbien; Benedicte Seynhaeve This essay explores the intertextual use of Hamlet in Sydney Owenson's Wild Irish Girl and Germaine de Staël's Corinne to shed new light on these writers' interventions in European Romantic politics. Both Owenson and Staël associated their male protagonists...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2019) 80 (1): 13–19.
Published: 01 March 2019
... against domestic fiction and its core principle, that, in Armstrong’s words, “the modern individual was first and foremost a woman.” Goethe’s novel elects a male protagonist as the universal subject of a modern developmental logic of human nature and articulates his progress on a succession of sacrificial...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2008) 69 (3): 315–345.
Published: 01 September 2008
... essay argues that the key to the Cornelian model of literary greatness is the degree to which Corneille identifies his own poetic inspiration with his tragic protagonists, and capitally with the first of them, the eponymous heroine of Médée . When set in dialogue with the ventriloquistic absence of...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2009) 70 (4): 443–471.
Published: 01 December 2009
...-century antecedents in Joseph Addison and Adam Smith. Like two of his early protagonists, Guy Mannering the astrologer and Jonathan Oldbuck the antiquary, “the Author of Waverley ” is himself a compromised Stoic, yet Scott's narratives demonstrate repeatedly how, while it may fail on its own terms, the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2011) 72 (1): 75–105.
Published: 01 March 2011
... unchanged by their movement. The protagonists of the Japanese writer Kosugi Tengai's New Year's Finery and the American Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie (both 1900) show Zola's character reduced to a cluster of minimal qualities: performance, mobility, and contagion. Paradoxically, flattening the Nana...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2011) 72 (2): 163–200.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Joshua Scodel Hamlet and its protagonist place liberty at their center of vision by exploring its diverse senses. Freedom in Hamlet is of different kinds, always limited and hard to obtain or keep. The play's other characters serve as clarifying foils to Hamlet himself, who as the closely watched...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2013) 74 (3): 331–362.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Robert D. Hume Some 250 English comedies are set in London between circa 1600 and 1737. Three clichés about them remain current. First, “Jacobean city comedy” performs serious sociopolitical work. Second, the social level of the protagonists rises in the “comedy of wit” or “comedy of manners...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2015) 76 (2): 137–157.
Published: 01 June 2015
... the increasing indistinction between human and nonhuman worlds. The novel’s structure rejects linearity as its protagonists are linked to one another and themselves over all of human history. Copyright © 2015 by University of Washington 2015 Anthropocene historical novel crisis totality...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2015) 76 (2): 181–199.
Published: 01 June 2015
... of Paris demystifies the bildungsroman’s typically self-made protagonist by foregrounding how the probabilistic attribution of causal force to the human will resembles predestinarian belief in divine determination. The Eastern wish-fulfilling skin of Balzac’s title at once hyperbolizes the liberal...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1962) 23 (1): 41–45.
Published: 01 March 1962
... of “Burnt Norton” and the midwinter scene at the start of “Little Gidding.” The purpose is to use these texts, one from the beginning and one from the end of the poem, to show what changes have taken place in the protagonist through the course of it. The argument obviously depends on an...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 1973) 34 (4): 462–464.
Published: 01 December 1973
... asked to ponder “the protagonist’s anguish,” how his “sense of loss distracts and infii- riates” him (p. 5). “Guilty of the sin of spiritual pride” (p. 7), he suffers dani- nation, which is “the painful state of consciousness-the terrible psycholog- ical suffering-that accompanies the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1957) 18 (2): 125–131.
Published: 01 June 1957
... body of the sonnet, but because it forms a kind of protasis for the culmination of the poem. Initially, within these temporal qualifications, an opposition is posited between life and death forces, and is expressed with obvious autumnal imagery. The protagonist fears death before the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2007) 68 (2): 305–329.
Published: 01 June 2007
... universal proportions under the banner of “diversification,” as the nameless protagonist terms it in The Committee (Al-Lajnah, 1992), by the Egyptian novelist and intel- 1 See Simon Gikandi’s discussion in “Globalization and the Claims of Postcolo- niality,” South Atlantic Quarterly 100 (2001...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1973) 34 (1): 114–117.
Published: 01 March 1973
... obvious that the storyteller’s omniscience is strictly limited to the principal protagonist. No outside perspective enters into the narrative and, as a result, the point of view is that of Joseph K. and his counterparts in Kafka’s other writings. Thus, the perspective of the narration is that...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1978) 39 (1): 15–26.
Published: 01 March 1978
...Dino S. Cervigni Copyright © 1978 by Duke University Press 1978 CELLINI’S VITA, OR THE UNFINISHED STORY OF A DISILLUSIONED HERO By DINOS. CERVIGNI Benvenuto Cellini, the narrator-protagonist of the Vita, was born in...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1979) 40 (2): 115–134.
Published: 01 June 1979
... center of the tempest he depicts a meditative protagonist who binds attention with his urgent interior struggles which answer in intensity to the profound commo- tion of his world. We are inclined to think of Shakespeare as a par- ticipant in the metaphysical doubt of his troubled...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1998) 59 (2): 276–278.
Published: 01 June 1998
...” of “an action structure that induces, develops, and finally cathartically resolves in the reader an active concern for a protagonist” (83). Richter makes the interesting case that gothic fiction rewrites, under the ideological compulsion of the Johnsonian rule against mixed character, the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2015) 76 (1): 97–100.
Published: 01 March 2015
.... This book highlights a fascinating and largely undervalued aspect of the early modern novel: its claim to factual truth and its rejection of “fictionality.” Rather than limit themselves to inventing the protagonists, the authors also assert their historical, factual existence. Literary historians...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1941) 2 (2): 318.
Published: 01 June 1941
... are convincing and his conclusions well substantiated. Some of the main parallels in the three tragedies are: the emphasis on the strug- gle of each protagonist against a foretold destiny; the villainy of the central characters ; the links between the individuals’ destinies and those of...