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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (3): 349–372.
Published: 01 September 2017
... is to enfold the multiple voices of antiquity and the singular voice of the newborn Christ into a narrative about the poet’s own development. In the silencing of the pagan oracles, celebration and lamentation converge. By purging the old gods’ wailing, the poem prepares for the silent purity of the newborn...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (3): 252–258.
Published: 01 September 1959
..., on the one hand, and spirit and purity, on the other. Writers were not emanci- pated from the Puritan flesh-hate and guilt which had long boiled beneath the surface of the American mind; they were, even while using the new scientific terminology, binding themselves tightly to the older...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1973) 34 (1): 36–47.
Published: 01 March 1973
...: In Him all Beauties of this Age we see; Etherege his Courtship, Southern’s Purity; The Satire, Wit, and Strength of Manly Witcherly. Southerne’s “purity” is troublesome. Kenneth Muir suggests that purity is explained by the playwright’s evident ability as a satirist; he...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2024) 85 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2024
... prose to the depiction of characters—as opposed to ideas—seems to leave little space for considerations of the abyss. On the other hand, Franzen’s essays are littered with admiring discussions of philosophical writers, from Thomas Mann to O’Connor. His novel Purity (2015) is flush with allusions...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1972) 33 (2): 183–186.
Published: 01 June 1972
... finds the non-human power . . . becoming steadily more remote and undefinable. Thus there is a movement from the Old Testament God of Purity . . . to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, where the power by which man is challenged has no defined theological status at all, and has...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1997) 58 (4): 437–456.
Published: 01 December 1997
... on established vanguards by proposing “to ques- tion the very foundation of the genre through a return to sources and to the purity of its origins. As a consequence, the history of poetry, the novel or theatre tends to appear as a continuous process of purifica- tion through which each...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1957) 18 (2): 107–112.
Published: 01 June 1957
... passion does not demand reciprocity, that it can exist in unnourished purity with no hope of fulfillment, makes valid the heroine’s love for the unsuspecting kb6niste.l Alain confirms this impression with a remark apropos of Emmelina Irnois. “Je retiens encore d’Emmelina ce trait que l’idie...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1968) 29 (4): 385–394.
Published: 01 December 1968
... of the gentle pet is associated in the mind of the speaker with the violation of feminine purity,”5 which it certainly is if there is any validity to the thesis that the crime of the troopers is to be paralleled with Sylvio’s crime. But Reese goes on to suggest that Sylvio’s crime was rape and cites...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (2): 235–238.
Published: 01 June 2022
... such values were invariably mediated by wealth, status, and notions of confessional and ethnic purity? These questions have figured centrally, albeit implicitly, in literary criticism of the picaresque, yet never have they been posed with such intergeneric and geographic breadth, or given rise to hypotheses...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1941) 2 (4): 625–638.
Published: 01 December 1941
...” of innocence and purity, appropriate to her flower origin as she explains it to Taji. She was “more than mortal, a maiden from Oroolia, the Island of Delights.” Born in Amma, as an infant she was spirited away to Oroolia, where the waters of the island “washed white her olive skin, and tinged her...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1969) 30 (2): 291–294.
Published: 01 June 1969
... Werkes iibergehen” @. 190). Let us see whether this is so: A young artist had projected an image of childlike innocence and purity upon the object of his first love. The distortion of this image by alien erotic elements estranged him from her and led him to fall passionately in love...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1944) 5 (4): 429–434.
Published: 01 December 1944
... “. . . this is that doom which Adam fell into. . . . As therefore the state of man now is.” But Adam and Eve, unlike their progeny born in sin, did bring innocence and purity into the world. “From sin and blame entire,” they needed no purification ; and trial, unnecessary to them, as Adam wisely says...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1970) 31 (1): 64–77.
Published: 01 March 1970
... into the 1930’s and 1940’s, where it can be recognized in the alternatives of Giraudoux, in Anouilh’s pessimism and search for an impossible purity, in Cocteau’s poetic transfiguration of reality, in Camus’s and Sartre’s expression of existential anguish, leading to the theater of the ab~urd...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1979) 40 (4): 420–422.
Published: 01 December 1979
...-dimensional boor Ellis makes him out to be (which goes counter to his own theory of the multifacetedness of the Kleistian character). How else to account for Amphitryon’s declaration of trust in the inner purity of his wife: “Nicht dem Orakel wurd ich so vertraun / Als was ihr unverfalschter Mund...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1972) 33 (2): 186–188.
Published: 01 June 1972
... 81-82: ‘The gravayl that on grounde con grynde / Wern precious perlez of oryente.” Such matters as the chronology of the works (especially whether Purity pre- cedes Patience) are too easily passed over. And I wish that Spearing had more often considered the poems as an entire corpus...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1960) 21 (1): 30–32.
Published: 01 March 1960
.... 234) but a nominative, and this weakens the parallelism with “Ungentle men !” (line 3). The fawn does not “return” (p. 237) to his mistress but “stay[s]” until she comes near and then runs away again (line 68). Of the Nymph’s final “purity” Spitzer has no doubt (p. 241), and yet he...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2001) 62 (4): 309–316.
Published: 01 December 2001
... seen a recent spate of works on individual years. Here the desire to create knowledge by cutting and the illusion of purity appear in their most extreme form. Its most striking exemplar is Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus, where a “technonarcissism...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1962) 23 (4): 405–407.
Published: 01 December 1962
... a world in which he knows there will be no place for him” (p. 161). His demonstration of the truth of this and his analysis of the attitudes of the novelists in the presence of their dilemma-ne which might also be summed up as an invincible need for purity in a world to which purity...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1971) 32 (4): 347–364.
Published: 01 December 1971
... pageant God recalls the “fendys foule ik blake” (10) and vows as a result to make “creaturis of kyndis clene” (24).16 This contrast between purity and filth subsequently becomes a means of characterizing the Magi. Herod’s messenger identifies them as “thre kyngis with crounes clene” (XIX, 87...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1984) 45 (4): 395–403.
Published: 01 December 1984
.... Johnson’s discussion of Cleanness (or Purity, as she prefers to call it, following an earlier editorial convention) links this poem to Sir Gawain by means of the exegetical topos of the Three Temptations. The poem “teaches purity” (p. 125) by sounding major themes- the Three Temptations...