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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (3): 297–328.
Published: 01 September 2010
... it comes to the question of Homer and Virgil. Fundamentally, though, both Arnold and Eliot reach toward a transcendental, even religious, view of the classic. The essay concludes by developing the implications of Eliot's “last poet” and the silencing qualities of the classic hinted at in his address...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (3): 347–365.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Katherine Ibbett This essay examines the figure of the reste —the things or people left behind—in the tragedies of Pierre Corneille, in particular though not only in the late plays, which are themselves a body of work left behind by the canon. These remainders provide a new perspective...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (4): 465–489.
Published: 01 December 2017
... in Bernardes’s reputation as brando (gentle), as he was said to demonstrate the brandura of their mother tongue. Yet later in the seventeenth century his fortunes sank. Though he is little esteemed today, his association with the multiple meanings of brando and brandura implicated him in important political...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (4): 355–372.
Published: 01 December 2018
... consciousness. All that is rendered in language, including the justifying faith of evangelical description, comes of the common, is the product of publicity. Though his twentieth- and twenty-first-century critics have thought otherwise, More’s contemporaries supposed his polemical contest with the evangelical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (1): 77–106.
Published: 01 March 2017
... as manifested in emerging digital knowledge infrastructure. Building on significant, though uneven and unacknowledged, departures from Moretti’s and Jockers’s work in data-rich literary history, this essay describes such an object, modeled on the foundational technology of textual scholarship: the scholarly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2021
.... In the economy of justice, youth counteracts complacency. One of Guyon’s prototypes, the biblical king Josiah, is an example. Spenser pictures all his heroes as young, and growing up is part of his design for the epic as a whole. His attitude, though, is not condescending. The danger of sexual indulgence, which...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 499–526.
Published: 01 December 2021
... the city as at once socially fragmented and structurally connected. Furthermore, the novel departs from classical realism in its closure; though the 2008 financial crisis is omitted from the novel, it overshadows the entire plot, and its absence emphasizes the lack of finality in the story of this phase...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (3): 385–409.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Sarah Ellenzweig The question of how and why a body falls in Paradise Lost persistently returns to the declining bodies that occupy Lucretius’s De rerum natura . Milton’s Christian support of the Arminian doctrine of free will, his argument that man is “Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall...
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Modern Language Quarterly 11196151.
Published: 03 June 2024
... originally successive historical periods. The fountainhead of heteromodal Chinese realism is Lu Xun’s 1918 “Diary of a Madman,” one of the first modern vernacular Chinese short stories. Though Lu Xun has long been considered a foundational writer of realism in China, critics have complicated this designation...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1951) 12 (4): 451–461.
Published: 01 December 1951
...” carries with it at least some implication of fraud, original or later, an implication which we shall see has not the slightest basis in fact. Up to a point Boyd offers a good summary of what has been known to German scholarship about the matter, though he un- fortunately omits some...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1942) 3 (3): 407–415.
Published: 01 September 1942
..., is, as in Othello (and indeed in the CEdipus), the price still necessarily paid for a superbly ironical contretemps such as that when the Queen, who, though married, had never known love, rushes to Constance, apparently for con- firmation of the news, but really to tell her what love is like, bid...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1964) 25 (3): 356–364.
Published: 01 September 1964
... contains a concise account of the devious machinations of the publisher Cromek which resulted in Blake’s losing the remunerative commission as engraver of the series. And his commentary on the designs is both clear and generally accurate, though it does not add much to what he said in his...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1981) 42 (4): 347–368.
Published: 01 December 1981
... of those strange friendships which Byron was capable of forming with men of most disparate intellects and points of view” (Byron: A Biagraphy [New York: Al- fred A. Knopf, 19571, I, 143). However, it was more the self-assurance, superficial though it may have been, of individuals like “moralizing...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1966) 27 (4): 449–457.
Published: 01 December 1966
... and the even more sophisticated breaches of romance decorum” discoverable within it. Benson discovers this art for us beautifully, revealing at the same time a great deal about “the aesthetic of medieval romance.” Though one might contend that readers in any genre profit from understanding its...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1949) 10 (2): 145–152.
Published: 01 June 1949
... where further reference is made to Unferth. The Beowulf poet, indeed, takes no little care in the matter introduced into those passages that are aside from the main course of his story-witness such allusions as those to Sigemund and Heremod; and though it may seen1 that Unferth figures...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1977) 38 (1): 105–110.
Published: 01 March 1977
... in the Rise of Commu- nism and Fascism. By FRANKFIELD. Cambridge, New York, London: Cam- bridge University Press, 1975. 212 pp. $13.95. In its bald simplicity, the title of Frank Field’s book is misleading for at least two reasons. First, though in each case Field notes a dominating...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1985) 46 (1): 81–88.
Published: 01 March 1985
...; the extremes of venera- tion and iconoclasm are probably touched more regularly in studies of Pope than in studies of most major authors. These two substantial but quite different books generally stop short of those extremes, though occasionally approaching one or the other. The writers define...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1984) 45 (1): 87–91.
Published: 01 March 1984
..., Love’s Labor’s Lost. As Booth no doubt also knows (though he would probably have the modesty to say “hopesand as I certainly wish to affirm, his odd book is both exciting and, in its larger argument as well as most of its details, persuasive. Booth has here made the best statement yet...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1978) 39 (3): 284–302.
Published: 01 September 1978
.... His own Duchess, she whose loss to him now was as though he had lost half his limbs,-had not she in the same way loved a Tregear, or worse than a Tregear, in her early days? Ah yes! And though his Cora had been so much to him, had he not often felt, had he not been feeling...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1978) 39 (2): 121–131.
Published: 01 June 1978
... (188 1) is invariably dismissed as inferior w0rk.l The book is, in fact, a slight one, marred by an unconvincing plot, shallow characterizations, and Howells’s inability to integrate the Venetian set- ting into the story as fully as he might. Slight as it is, though, A Fearful Responsibility...