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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2013) 74 (3): 331–362.
Published: 01 September 2013
... Early Modern Cultural Studies 5 , no. 2 : 94 - 119 . London in Comedy from Michaelmas Term to The Beggar’s Opera Robert D. Hume etween circa 1600 and the Licensing Act of 1737 more than 250 BEnglish comedies written for professional production were set in London (not...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2012) 73 (4): 487–504.
Published: 01 December 2012
...François Jullien Comparison of Chinese and Western civilizations cannot proceed on the basis of influences but only of originary distinctions. Even the most general categories remain unassimilable and must be understood in terms of contrasts. An exterior, “utopic” or “atopic” perspective that takes...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2015) 76 (2): 201–224.
Published: 01 June 2015
... its terms for representing the subject’s responsibility to those demands. The death drive offers a way of describing the trajectory of desire beyond anything representable, a trajectory that finds its most direct expression in the poem’s apocalyptic energies. But Piers Plowman treats even the...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2008) 69 (2): 195–219.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Paul B. Armstrong Although form and history are joined in reading, the profession of literary studies has regularly regarded formalism and historicism as opposites and even antagonists. When dichotomous terms replicate themselves without mediation, a phenomenological approach to resolving the...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2008) 69 (4): 481–507.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Andrew Elfenbein Although influence remains a pervasive term in literary criticism, little has changed in its theoretical framework since the work of Harold Bloom in the early 1970s. This essay argues that adaptations of findings in cognitive and social science open up more finely nuanced means of...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2009) 70 (1): 67–96.
Published: 01 March 2009
..., captured in the turn to fieldwork (local, presentist, firsthand, thickly descriptive). By reading ritual in these terms, anthropologists could recognize in it a distillation of culture. Early ethnographic film, preoccupied with native dance and ceremony, similarly treated performance as a text for the...
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...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2010) 71 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Wang Ning Although the term world literature encompasses texts composed in multiple languages, translation makes possible a body of literature from many linguistic and cultural backgrounds that circulates in international critical discourse and is broadly recognized as world literature. Thus the...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2010) 71 (1): 15–49.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Amy S. Wyngaard Most critical accounts of the history of pornography note that the term is traceable to Nicolas-Edme Rétif de la Bretonne's Pornographe , which they dismiss in the same breath because of its nonpornographic status. Although Rétif wrote only one pornographic novel, L'Anti-Justine...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2010) 71 (2): 107–127.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Marc Bizer It had been the dream of the sixteenth-century Pléiade poets to glorify their country and literature by composing a “long French poem,” a term that designated a genre resembling epic but that also included romance. In the 1550s, not only Pierre de Ronsard, who had received an official...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2010) 71 (3): 229–269.
Published: 01 September 2010
... in terms of his and their own works; equally vain philosophers falsely separate the sun from God as an independent power source. Milton criticizes both the Neoplatonic solar mysticism and the godless materialism that could be associated with the new heliocentric model of the cosmos. He stakes out a...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2011) 72 (1): 49–73.
Published: 01 March 2011
..., early Black Atlantic writers disavowed an Islamic economic, cultural, and political presence. Islam represented an abjected third term that would overturn the foundational binary logic of Anglo-American exceptionalism. Arab Muslim resistance in Algiers, however, complicated this prevailing islamicist...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 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...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2012) 73 (4): 505–526.
Published: 01 December 2012
... English examples, for the long-term significance of the cultural debate between Ancients and Moderns across Europe. The Moderns argued for the possibility of historical change in literary standards; the Ancients, for the putatively unchanging models of the Greek and Roman classics. Probably the most...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2015) 76 (4): 491–514.
Published: 01 December 2015
... widely circulated Eliot’s prewar poetry, especially The Waste Land , as an allegory of the crisis in national and nationalist culture during the “American Century,” a term coined by Henry Luce in 1941. The articles about and reproductions of Eliot’s work leading up to his Nobel Prize in 1948 not only...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2018) 79 (2): 203–226.
Published: 01 June 2018
... because the realist novel has been previously theorized in terms of an expressive self-production thwarted by social alienation or the usurpation of individual agency; overlooked because Hardy criticism has focused on work as a protected category of meaning creation and social continuity. Abstract value...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 2018) 79 (3): 289–307.
Published: 01 September 2018
... this debate arose. The article points out that the real reason for this debate is not that there are different understandings of Miller’s term the end of literature but that Chinese academics have become dissatisfied with and anxious about the increasingly marginal status of literature. This debate has...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 2018) 79 (4): 397–419.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Elizabeth Helsinger Abstract What is a song? As a literary term, song had acquired particular historical meanings for poets writing in English by the mid-nineteenth century. The ballad and song revival of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries reawakened interest not only in traditional...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 2019) 80 (1): 75–97.
Published: 01 March 2019
... work demonstrates how an understanding of literary-historical connections through a history of forms may recast the segregation of periods: it may reveal patterns that show continuities even where conflicts have led to the contrasting of period terms. Copyright © 2019 by University of Washington...
Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2019) 80 (2): 113–139.
Published: 01 June 2019
... originality came about not as a radical break with the older ideal of authorial mediation but as a modification and rearrangement of its constitutive terms. Copyright © 2019 by University of Washington 2019 authorship agency mediation premodern literature weaving The premodern author poses a...