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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (3): 293–317.
Published: 01 September 2011
... Rorty has proposed? Or if (as it seems) literature is not distinguished as such from nonsecular discourse, then does the study of literature fit Rorty's argument about the need for a nonfoundational, nonauthoritative discourse in a secular democracy? This essay pursues these questions through the work...
Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (1): 1–12.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Why study the past? Because we must. The computer seems to offer us access to simultaneity. We must therefore study the past “broadly.” Primo Levi offers us an example. But the access to simultaneity is a simulacrum, for the computing (intending) subject is determined...
Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (1): 13–35.
Published: 01 March 2012
... on John Milton’s repeated gestures of lyric disparagement as well as his iconography of the anthropomorphized book. Both of these rhetorical features seem to constellate around the genre of the lyric during the early modern period. Sharon Achinstein is professor of Renaissance literature at Oxford...
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 (2017) 78 (3): 301–319.
Published: 01 September 2017
... is dated, even antiquated, because it is treated as a period. It seems as if a generation has learned to read Restoration poetry through Dryden, and from Dryden to assume that poetry published during the Restoration must be poetry about the Restoration. Milton does not read his sources the way...
Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (4): 479–494.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Eric Hayot Abstract The various pronouncements of the nation’s dissolution seem to have been premature. Literary history is still very much within the nation, especially if one considers the realm of the middle- and lowbrow, or indeed the vast swaths of genre fiction. What has changed in literary...
Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 261–286.
Published: 01 September 2019
...; read as a model for tastemaking, it becomes intelligible. While Pope’s classicizing moral and aesthetic values can seem distant from the assumptions of our late liberal culture, the techniques he uses to “rule” tastes indirectly remain fundamental imperatives in liberal aesthetic culture. Pope...
Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (2): 141–164.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Fredrik Tydal Abstract In 1937, two years following the American original, Pylon became the first novel by William Faulkner to be translated into Italian. The choice, however, is unexpected, given the critique of technology in Faulkner’s cautionary tale, which would seem to oppose the fascist...
Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (1): 95–114.
Published: 01 March 2013
... and transcendentalism and offering a reading that emerged from Nelson’s Marxist outlook. This essay explores Miller’s penchant for existentialist readings of historical-literary figures and movements, which clashed with Nelson’s materialist interpretation of antebellum culture. Although these two approaches seem...
Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 293–306.
Published: 01 June 2013
... literature as differential idiom, an integral part of a heterogeneous corpus in contestation; and (3) world literature as unitary and universal concept projected globally from particular sites of discourse. Each aspect has had a degree of epochal primacy in literary history. All three aspects seem...
Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (2): 297–316.
Published: 01 June 2014
... disciplines, it is incumbent on English studies now to see that these practices flourish in the field of media studies that seems likely to succeed it during the century ahead. A Field of Magpies: Disciplinary Emergence as Modus Vivendi in English Studies Herbert F. Tucker ur summons to draw...
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 (2009) 70 (1): 43–66.
Published: 01 March 2009
... readings of texts show signs of this scientific longing for material meanings in the world, a longing that art itself, especially theater, has refused to sanction. We are living, it seems, in a postmaterial world, whose very impossibility suggests infinite possibilities of meaning. © 2009 by University...
Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 281–313.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Timothy Anderson Abstract Alfred Forman’s translations of Richard Wagner’s operas are often derided for their weird diction and minute imitation of German poetic devices. Forman has seemed to represent a zealous and uncritical approach to Wagner that was typical of the early London Wagner Society...
Modern Language Quarterly (1969) 30 (3): 356–369.
Published: 01 September 1969
...John Sutherland Copyright © 1969 by Duke University Press 1969 WIT, REASON, VISION, AND AN ESSAY ON MAN By JOHN SUTHERLAND To argue that the Essay on Man is witty, in Pope’s own sense of that term, must seem far less controversial than...
Modern Language Quarterly (1966) 27 (3): 270–284.
Published: 01 September 1966
...Darrel Mansell, Jr. Copyright © 1966 by Duke University Press 1966 “SEEMERS” IN MEASURE FOR MEASURE By DARRELMANSELL, JR. When Isabella thinks she has discovered that the “well-seeming Angelo” is actually a “devil,” she cries, “Seeming...
Modern Language Quarterly (1967) 28 (3): 305–316.
Published: 01 September 1967
... of reception it was receiv- ing from those among his friends who were orthodox Christians. He seemed particularly anxious that it should be well received by members of the Anglican clergy. He prodded his friend Caryll with hints that it might have been written by “a divine,” and he reassured him, when...
Modern Language Quarterly (1942) 3 (2): 345–349.
Published: 01 June 1942
... the letter. One stanza, too, seems quite inapplicable to the severe elegance of the Prbsidente : Les retentissantes couleurs Dont tu parscmes tes toilettes Jettent dans l’esprit des poetes L’image d’un ballet de fleurs. But in 1846...
Modern Language Quarterly (1974) 35 (1): 78–81.
Published: 01 March 1974
...-century liberalism is summarized in the ideo- logue, Settembrini. Against Naphta, that newer breed of reactionary radical (whom iMann reembodies in the anti-Semitic Jew Breisacher in Dr. Faustus), Settembrini never seems to get the better of the argument: his own contradictions-his...