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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (3): 329–366.
Published: 01 September 2010
..., intersecting continually the larger narrative of twentieth-century print culture: his self-defining agon with mortality may in fact be traced to a concomitant chronicle of American publishing history. Building on the story “Pigeon Feathers” as exemplum, this essay traces the progress of Updike's engagement...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Seo Hee Im Abstract Readers of Paradise Lost have argued that the epic registers England’s nascent imperialism negatively through its associations of trade with Satan. This essay rethinks Paradise Lost’ s relation to empire by tracing its involvement in the making of an early modern subjectivity...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 149–175.
Published: 01 June 2021
... traces imperialist geography in English historiography via the descriptio Britanniae (description of Britain), a trope found across the Middle Ages, and the fourteenth-century Gough Map, the first sheet-map of Britain. Scottish historians rebut the claims of their Anglocentric counterparts...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (4): 443–471.
Published: 01 December 2009
... readership. Scott's adaptations of sentimentalism and of theories of sympathy come into sharper focus, however, once one takes seriously his claim that Stoicism is his proper philosophy and traces his ironic treatment of the figure of the sympathetic Stoic undermined by sentiment back to its eighteenth...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (4): 473–494.
Published: 01 December 2009
... heroes like Edgar Ravenswood and Henry Morton as remnants, the essay traces the implications of their untimeliness, arguing that the remnant's awkward lingering moves into the foreground the problem of obsolescence and releases in the fictions a meditative-speculative mood answering to the question...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (1): 49–73.
Published: 01 March 2011
...-racial encounters with an Islamic diaspora. By restoring West Africa as a contact zone within overlapping nineteenth-century Black Atlantic and Islamic diasporic histories, this essay traces a complex, ambivalent “islamicism” (or specific Islamic orientalism) within early pan-African or “back-to-Africa...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 289–308.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Susan Z. Andrade This essay traces the critical history of African novels; it aligns “postcolonial reading” with the rise of poststructuralism in the United States and the United Kingdom. It correctively reads for realism three novels, all published in 1968 and not usually considered mimetic: Le...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 329–349.
Published: 01 September 2012
... fictional movement against casteism, atrocity, and historical elision has effectively embraced the ideologies of realism while developing a strident critique of modernist aesthetics. This essay deconstructs that realist turn by tracing it through the question of caste. Gajarawala reads the present embrace...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 289–307.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Zhu Liyuan Abstract In the first decade after 2000, the idea of “the end of literature” proposed by J. Hillis Miller aroused widespread controversy in Chinese academe. This article seeks to reiterate the original meaning of Miller’s statement while tracing the original Chinese context from which...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 233–259.
Published: 01 September 2019
.... The syllogism is connected to early modern art forms that Enlightenment critics considered excessively complicated or absurdly confusing. Focusing on the emergence of baroque logic in Neo-Latin rhetoric and English poetics, this article traces the development of increasingly outlandish rhetorical practices...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (2): 167–193.
Published: 01 June 2019
... through reciprocal activity with the material environment. The impulse to create is thus as natural as evolution, but this means that creativity has to be traced beyond the brain and away from autonomous models of mind. In particular, Emerson’s idea of “creative impulse” relied on epigenetic conceptions...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (4): 459–486.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Sarah Wilson This essay traces the ideas underlying Jane Addams’s theory of cosmopolitanism from a variety of her early works. In these works Addams meditates on the generosity of industrial-era laborers to imagine relations of social responsibility that extend beyond familiar ties; she appreciates...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (3): 285–304.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Giuseppe Gazzola Abstract This essay traces the interrelationship between Italian literary canon formation and constructions of national identity in the literary histories of Girolamo Tiraboschi and Francesco De Sanctis. It examines both the ruptures and the continuities between eighteenth...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 417–440.
Published: 01 December 2021
... for the postcolonial present only if it is firmly grounded in the world-changing events that it is supposed to illuminate. It should build on what tragedy was in the milieu of Toussaint Louverture and the slave rebels. To lay the groundwork for this critical shift, this essay traces how tragic performances and history...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 499–526.
Published: 01 December 2021
... of capitalism itself. In demonstrating the temporal and spatial unknowability of contemporary capital, Lanchester’s novel both affirms the capacity of realism to trace deep systemic connections and reveals the fragility of its construction of a social totality, positing a realism attendant to its own...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (4): 411–426.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Jan-Melissa Schramm Abstract This essay traces the intense interrelatedness of the three discourses that we now consider distinct but that ask similar questions about the existential value of life and the relationship between spiritual and temporal matters. Law, literature, and theology address...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 169–185.
Published: 01 June 2023
... a specifically narrative theory of the detail. This is also a political theory: the fact that she places large and small side by side, often in the same sentence, speaks to her commitment to tracing connections between the particular and the abstract, the mundane and the mystical, the internal world of thoughts...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (3): 347–360.
Published: 01 September 2023
...Matthew Sussman Abstract This essay traces the concept of “aesthetic historicism” in literary studies, from its first appearance in the writing of Erich Auerbach to its influence on an array of contemporary currents loosely associated with “new formalism,” such as historical formalism, historical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (2): 207–238.
Published: 01 June 2023
.... The essay then turns to A. K. Summers’s graphic memoir, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag (2014), which takes up the character-details of Tintin to expand the narration of gender nonconformity. Finally, the essay traces how character-details focalize bisexual queer eroticism in Carmen Maria...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (3): 363–389.
Published: 01 September 2013
... with the systematization of knowledge, can be traced back to the “temporalization” of history in the second half of the eighteenth century, when transhistorical aesthetic classification was destabilized and literary history developed as a distinct critical practice. But the troubled historical consciousness manifested...