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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (1): 55–80.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., the essay argues, is rooted in a distinctive and compelling theory of interpretation, whose significance beyond Cowley’s work is revealed by the struggles of critics from the eighteenth century to the present to make sense of the relationship between life and art in his verse. These critics unwittingly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2022
... Austen as a parental figure whose legacy called for continuing negotiation. matthew.sussman@sydney.edu.au Copyright © 2022 by University of Washington 2022 domestic fiction social-problem novel industrial novel gender influence Should Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 225–246.
Published: 01 June 2015
..., inclusive, and prosperous town whose inhabitants are free to pursue their visions. Its “cringe comedy” satire of self-involvement complicates, but does not substantially undermine, its depiction of a peaceful alternative to the militarized American imagination of the early 2000s. Copyright © 2015...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (1): 19–42.
Published: 01 March 2009
... with connecting facticity and rationality under the pressure of global capitalism and U.S. domination. Realpolitik has become a euphemism for Machtpolitik . In a world whose power politics is programmatically infused with a cynical rhetoric of compassion and inevitability, one is often stuck in the terrain...
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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...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (1): 67–96.
Published: 01 March 2009
.... At the same time, primitive dance and ceremony served in such films as metonymies for the living yet evanescent primitive, whose culture film was to capture before it might disappear forever. Like ethnographic film, the ethnographic exhibit (in the World's Fair and elsewhere) gave primitive performance...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (2): 107–127.
Published: 01 June 2010
... in a pointless epic adventure. At the same time, Du Bellay taunts Ronsard for being a poet in favor with the French court and thus one whose own aventure was an official success. Du Bellay's agon with Ronsard carves out, in effect, areas of empire-undermining and empire-glorifying epic. From Lyric to Epic...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (3): 229–269.
Published: 01 September 2010
... ground for poetry to occupy vis-à-vis the New Science, a poetry skeptical of its own inherited fictions based on the old cosmology, a poetry whose own formal patterns and unity intimate order against a more sweeping empirical doubt. University of Washington 2010 David Quint is Sterling...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (2): 163–200.
Published: 01 June 2011
... son of the murdered king is limited in his freedom to maneuver and whose quest for freedom is both fueled and stymied by the Ghost's command that he kill his uncle. Hamlet dramatizes the felt connections between external constraints on freedom of action and internal states that inhibit or foster...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (2): 221–243.
Published: 01 June 2008
...David Randall In Habermasian theory, the bourgeois public sphere was preceded by a literary public sphere whose favored genres revealed the interiority of the self and emphasized an audience-oriented subjectivity. This essay argues that the association of this early modern literary discourse...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (1): 45–60.
Published: 01 March 2008
... the complex experiences of Chinese women in their search for modernity. The Nora figures in Chinese problem plays are symbols of individualism and subjectivism. The women in Cao Yu's plays, whose education is informed by feminist ideas, become subjects of their desires for consumption and love. The female...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (4): 487–504.
Published: 01 December 2012
... another, making diversity an irreducible resource. “Being,” “truth,” and “time” are all Western categories whose aspects are presented altogether differently in Chinese. Displacement, in the sense of Michel Foucault or Gilles Deleuze, still premises a norm. So does any notion of a rooted cultural absolute...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (4): 493–516.
Published: 01 December 2013
.... The frame around the present argument extends its significance beyond La Princesse de Clèves to the modern literary mechanisms whose origins critics have identified with it. David L. Sedley is associate professor of French and comparative literature at Haverford College. Currently at work on a study...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (3): 391–412.
Published: 01 September 2013
... of Chekhov’s inconclusive, disjunctive manner in her meticulously composed, autobiographically candid novel bespeaks an unapologetic openness to authorial influence, made all the more provocative by the adoption of a foreign model whose merit was then still little recognized in English literary circles...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (1): 29–55.
Published: 01 March 2014
... Austen, whose Northanger Abbey formulates one aspect of novelistic realism precisely through the avoidance of gothic temporality. Jesse Molesworth is assistant professor of English at Indiana University. His book Chance and the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Realism, Probability, Magic (2010...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (2): 171–191.
Published: 01 June 2014
... divide. The difficulty and startling effects of Browning’s poetry distinguished him from poets whose reputations had been made before the war—poets admired by the parents and teachers of these readers. Although he was valued specifically for being his readers’ contemporary, interpreting the difficulties...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (2): 215–237.
Published: 01 June 2014
..., and George Saintsbury. By treating these “movers and shakers” as a loosely affiliated group whose career trajectories broadly conform to Pierre Bourdieu’s characterization of “losers who win,” the article elicits a number of shared attitudes and aspirations and suggests that, at a time when narrowly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (2): 239–257.
Published: 01 June 2014
..., folks”—en route from Romanticism to Leavisism and New Criticism, with a quick nod to Matthew Arnold. This essay works against this habit, introducing and analyzing the intellectual legacy of the idealist philosopher T. H. Green, whose life and work inspired generations of liberal-thinking students...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (1): 41–63.
Published: 01 March 2016
... was converted to entertainment, a moment whose legacies may be perceived in some contemporary theories of lyric. References Anon . 1750 . “ A Monody on the Much Lamented Death of Miss Saunders, in Imitation of Milton’s Lycidas .” Newcastle General Magazine , May , 272 . Anon . 1756...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (2): 219–246.
Published: 01 June 2016
... body, whose effects reveal themselves to be both stronger and more unruly than those of monarchical representations. Copyright © 2016 by University of Washington 2016 theatricality Jean Racine Louis Marin representation of the body aesthetics and politics An influential reference...