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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Acta Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Adeptus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
African Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Agriculture and Human Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Aldébaran     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Amaltea. Revista de mitocrítica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Anabases     Open Access  
Analyse & Kritik. Zeitschrift f     Full-text available via subscription  
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Anuario Americanista Europeo     Open Access  
Arbutus Review     Open Access  
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ars & Humanitas     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 51)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Cahiers de praxématique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Child Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Choreographic Practices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Chronicle of Philanthropy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Co-herencia     Open Access  
Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Cogent Arts & Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Colloquia Humanistica     Open Access  
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cornish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Culturas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Dandelion : Postgraduate Arts Journal & Research Network     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Digital Humanities Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 53)
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Dorsal Revista de Estudios Foucaultianos     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 36)
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
En-Claves del pensamiento     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Études arméniennes contemporaines     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fronteras : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
German Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Habitat International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
History of Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Hopscotch: A Cultural Review     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Nature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Human Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Remains and Violence : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
humanidades     Open Access  
Humanitaire     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Hungarian Cultural Studies     Open Access  
Hungarian Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Inter Faculty     Open Access  
Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
International Journal of Heritage Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Listening     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of the Classical Tradition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
ÍSTMICA. Revista de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras     Open Access  
Jangwa Pana     Open Access  
Jewish Culture and History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Journal de la Société des Américanistes     Open Access  
Journal des africanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal for Cultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal for General Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal for Learning Through the Arts     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for Semitics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal Of Advances In Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Aesthetics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Journal of African American Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of African Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of African Elections     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Arts & Communities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Geography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Developing Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Family Theory & Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Franco-Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Interactive Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Journal of Modern Greek Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Modern Jewish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Open Humanities Data     Open Access  
Journal of Semantics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Visual Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
La lettre du Collège de France     Open Access  
La Revue pour l’histoire du CNRS     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Lagos Notes and Records     Full-text available via subscription  
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law and Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law, Culture and the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Le Portique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Leadership     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Legal Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Legon Journal of the Humanities     Full-text available via subscription  
Letras : Órgano de la Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Huamans     Open Access  
Literary and Linguistic Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe     Open Access  
Lwati : A Journal of Contemporary Research     Full-text available via subscription  
Measurement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Medical Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
Medieval Encounters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Médiévales     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
Memory Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Mens : revue d'histoire intellectuelle et culturelle     Full-text available via subscription  
Messages, Sages and Ages     Open Access  
Mind and Matter     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Modern Italy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Motivation Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Mouseion     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Museum International Edition Francaise     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
National Academy Science Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Nationalities Papers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Natures Sciences Sociétés     Full-text available via subscription  
Neophilologus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
New German Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
New West Indian Guide     Open Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Northeast African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)

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  • Cinna’s Political Ambition
    • Authors: Nina Ekstein
      Pages: 187 - 198
      Abstract: Abstract Cinna’s political ambition has received curiously little attention in the extensive critical examination of Pierre Corneille’s Cinna (1641) over the years. While critics focus on whether Cinna is heroic or not and debate his sincerity when he counsels Auguste to remain emperor (II.1), “ambition” is almost never mentioned in relation to him; rather it is regularly ascribed to Auguste. In this article I trace how signs of Cinna’s political ambition are embedded in the text and consider the degree to which it is recognized by the other characters and even by himself. Cinna’s ambition is not a constant in the play, but rather decreases in the second half, as the onstage space is dominated more and more by Auguste. Of central interest is the question of the critical blind spot: what in this tragedy makes Cinna’s political ambition both present and yet difficult to perceive, and why would Corneille have wanted it so?
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9509-1
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 2 (2017)
  • Le poète en vacances à l’été 1913
    • Authors: Stephen Steele
      Pages: 199 - 207
      Abstract: Abstract In the summer of 1913, the Intransigeant’s irreverent chroniclers of literary life, Les Treize, asked fellow authors to share their holiday plans with the newspaper’s readers. The initial responses supplied information on lengthy projects said to be advancing toward completion in favorable writing conditions, away from usual constraints for some and deadlines for others. After the Intransigeant’s publication of a quatrain Apollinaire sent by postcard, the format of the submissions changed and poets began a friendly contest to outdo one another in verse composition ostensibly related to monuments or sites of literary history encountered over the summer, while also anchored in the language of the game and its participants. The seasonal rhymesters included André Billy, Roger Allard, Louis de Gonzague Frick, Gaston Picard, Jacques Dyssord, Fagus, Lucien Rolmer, Fernand Divoire (founder of Les Treize), and Paul Fort who devised a patchwork from the poetic heritage; even the fictitious Georges-Merize entered the fray with a quatrain in Gil Blas that mirrored Apollinaire’s summer sky. The vacation stanzas from 1913 may be read in contrast to the impending wartime lives and writings of the poets, a blue horizon of a different hue.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9496-2
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 2 (2017)
  • Las quinque lineae amoris en la Razón de amor de Salinas: Notas al
           fragmento 34 (¿Cómo me vas a explicar)
    • Authors: Soledad Pérez-Abadín Barro
      Pages: 209 - 223
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9499-z
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 2 (2017)
  • Entre tradición y modernidad: modificaciones del poema litánico en la
           poesía de Juan Ramón Jiménez
    • Authors: Maria Judyta Woźniak
      Pages: 225 - 236
      Abstract: Abstract Litanic verse, older than the literatures of Europe, has become an important and coherent versification structure. However, in Spanish-language literature the poetic litany of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was not very productive: various types of repetitiveness are common devices in the literature but they are seldom of a litanic nature. Nevertheless, from the beginning of Modernism it was a creative inspiration to many poets. The main objective of this article is to present various interpretive options that litanic poetics brings in poems by Juan Ramón Jiménez based on an analysis of stylistic devices. The Spanish poet transforms the centuries-old tradition of poetic litany as a genre deeply rooted in the Christian tradition. It serves as a way to express subjective and sensual meanings: if God (or a god) is its addressee, he does not correspond to Christian images; to express the disintegration of one’s own identity; to attribute divine features to the human and poetic art; or to express the uniqueness of a moment, place, feeling. It is only when the continuity in the litany genre development is noticed it is possible to see modifications of the meaning and function of the litanic genre, departure from a prayer-like nature, the closest one to the genre pattern, for the sake of expressing what is human and individual.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9492-6
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 2 (2017)
  • Desaparecidos, revenants e impostores en la novelística de Juana
    • Authors: Daniela Omlor
      Pages: 237 - 251
      Abstract: Abstract This article offers an interpretation of two of Juana Salabert’s novels, Velódromo de Invierno and La noche ciega, in the light of the metaphorical employment of the figures of the disappeared, the revenant and the impostor within them. These spectral presences are traced as central to Salabert’s novelistic contribution to the current memory debates in Spain. Thus, Salabert connects the Spanish Civil War to the Holocaust in a multidirectional way in order to cast into relief the traumatic disappearances that they have left behind and to point to the intersection of Spanish and European history. Finally, Salabert’s aesthetic choices reveal her effort to eschew catharsis in favour of ‘empathic unsettlement’.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9513-5
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 2 (2017)
  • ¿Modas o modelos? El dandi en El extraño y La raza de
           Caín de Carlos Reyles
    • Authors: Joan Torres-Pou
      Pages: 253 - 261
      Abstract: Abstract In “Cartas americanas,” the Spanish writer and literary critic Juan Valera complained about what he considered the “desaforado entusiasmo por la última moda de París” in Spanish-American writers. In particular, he disapproved Carlos Reyles’s central character in his work El extraño, which he considered a copy of French heroes. In “¿Modas o modelos?, el dandi en El extraño y La raza de Caín de Carlos Reyles,” I study Reyles’ fiction and establish that, contrary to Valera’s perception, the dandy in Reyle’s works is not a copy, but rather a genuine representation of a Spanish-American type whose formulation allows Reyles to portray an accurate representation of fin de siècle Uruguayan society.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9502-8
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 2 (2017)
  • Ecgþeow, Brother of Ongenþeow, and the Problem of
           Beowulf’s Swedishness
    • Authors: Erin M. Shaull
      Pages: 263 - 275
      Abstract: Abstract This article addresses the ambiguous tribal identity of Ecgþeow in Beowulf, ultimately arguing that Ecgþeow is a Swede, a Scylfing (that is, a member of the Swedish ruling family), and indeed is likely the younger brother of the Swedish king Ongenþeow. The article reviews the (often sparse) existing arguments on the matter and pushes these arguments further, taking into consideration such evidence as Anglo-Saxon naming conventions, the poem’s treatment of marriages between feuding families, and our understanding of succession in the poem. It goes on to illustrate the ways in which this reading can shed light on some of the murkier diplomatic events of the poem in the complex relationship between the Geats and the Swedes, such as Onela’s permitting Beowulf to become king of the Geats and Heardred’s sheltering of Eadgils and Eanmund. The article also addresses the effect achieved by leaving this identity unstated in the poem, particularly for an audience to whom such an identification may not have been so difficult to make.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9508-2
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 2 (2017)
  • Wonder-Smiths and Others: smið Compounds in Old English Poetry—With an
           Excursus on hleahtor
    • Authors: Eric G. Stanley
      Pages: 277 - 304
      Abstract: The Anglo-Saxons of course knew that a smith is a metalworker, any kind of metal, and in the recorded literature often a goldsmith. In verse especially, smið is often the second element of compounds, and the first element is quite frequently an abstract, gryn-, hleahtor-, lar-, teon-, wig-, wroht-, wundor- . The sense of such compounds is often subtle and disputed. This study has some new senses for these compounds, and others are traditional among scholars of Old English. I favour these: grynsmið ‘complotter of -grief and harm’; -larsmið ‘scholar of (holy) doctrine’, but also ‘hatcher of plots’; teonsmið ‘plotter of mischief’; wigsmið ‘war-maker’, but wih- means ‘idol’, therefore also ‘idol-maker’; wrohtsmið ‘artificer of crime, harm-contriver‘; wundorsmið perhaps ‘smith of wonderland’ rather than ‘wonderful craftsman’. The compound hleahtorsmið literally ‘laughter-maker‘, but laughter is often gloomy rather than joyous, and hleahtor and compounds, as well as the verb hliehhan, are discussed in an Excursus. We may learn from the literature of the Anglo-Saxons, much of it moral and religious, that it is a wicked world, where even laughter sounds hollow.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9504-6
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 2 (2017)
  • Tolkien’s Old English Exodus and the Problematics of Allegory
    • Authors: David Lavinsky
      Pages: 305 - 319
      Abstract: Abstract This article reconsiders Tolkien’s presumed inattention to the allegorical content of the Old English Exodus. It does so, first of all, by situating allegory in the broader context of Tolkien’s letters and fictional compilations. His reception of the poem is then addressed through textual notes and an incomplete translation Tolkien used in lectures as Exodus became a regular feature of his teaching throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Reconstructed by Joan Turville-Petre and published in 1982, this material shows how Tolkien often departs from standard patristic and early medieval readings of key episodes in the biblical book and their parallels in the poem itself; this is developed in comparison to more recent editorial and textual scholarship stressing the interpretive preeminence of allegory in Exodus. Nevertheless, it is finally argued, the poem also becomes for Tolkien the occasion to imagine a rapprochement of sorts between the historical and the allegorical, something crucial not only to his own fictional sensibilities and aspirations, but also to how we understand current theoretical constructions of allegoresis.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9511-7
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 2 (2017)
  • Reading the Allegory of St. Erkenwald
    • Authors: Brian Cook
      Abstract: Abstract In this article, I argue that the alliterative poem, St. Erkenwald, is a Middle English innovation on Old English and Anglo-Latin parchment riddles. By examining St. Erkenwald in light of the parchment riddles by Anglo-Latin riddlers Tatwine and Eusebius, and riddles contained in The Exeter Book, as well as the description of an ancient book in Matthew Paris’ Gesta abbatum monasterii Sancti Albani, I show that the Erkenwald-poet reimagined the motif of the talking piece of parchment as an ancient pagan judge. The Erkenwald-poet’s reimagining of the parchment riddle as an allegory of reading has perhaps been obscured by what I argue is an unnecessary emendation to the text.
      PubDate: 2017-04-03
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9525-9
  • Unferth’s Ambiguity and the Trivialization of Germanic Legend
    • Authors: Leonard Neidorf
      Abstract: Abstract The characterization of Unferth is a longstanding problem in Beowulf criticism. The mixture of negative and positive qualities the poet attributes to this character has generated a wide range of conflicting and unsatisfactory interpretations. The present article offers a new solution to the Unferth problem by proposing that his contradictory characterization results from the Beowulf poet’s denigration of a hero who had been represented more favorably in antecedent tradition.
      PubDate: 2017-03-31
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9523-y
  • What’s the Catch? The Nexus of Absurdist Humour, Incongruity, and
           Characterisation in Joseph Heller’s Catch - 22
    • Authors: Olivier Couder
      Abstract: Abstract Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22 (1961) details the absurdity of war and extensively makes use of humour to do so. Yet the structural role this characteristic humour fulfils has rarely been explored in depth. In this article, I focus on a specific type of humour, namely absurdist humour, which is traditionally defined as a form of humour where resolution of the underlying incongruity cannot be obtained. Drawing on cognitive theories of humour and on the concept of characterisation categories, the article goes on to describe the close-knit relationship between absurdist humour and characterisation in the novel. The analysis highlights the structural importance of absurdist humour both for the narrative structure of the novel as well as for a reader’s understanding and interpretation of Catch-22. The article illustrates that resolution can be achieved, contrary to the generally espoused viewpoint in humour studies, and that it is realised at the moment of interpretation. Understanding the mechanisms of absurdist humour, then, benefits our understanding of Heller’s classic as it forces readers to more closely consider the message conveyed by the novel.
      PubDate: 2017-03-27
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9524-x
  • Reading the Racinian Kaleidoscope through the Colour Red in Phèdre
    • Authors: Adi S. Bharat
      Abstract: Abstract Notwithstanding the generous amount of scholarly inquiry on Racine and, more precisely, on his use of metaphors, few scholars have directly and substantially approached the ways in which precise colours are deployed by Racine. Consequently, this article explores the progression of words related to the colour red in Racine’s Phèdre, demonstrating that the colour red goes from being deployed as dead metaphor to becoming the literal instrument of tragedy. The article concludes by suggesting further inquiry into a literal kaleidoscope of colours in Racine’s work.
      PubDate: 2017-03-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9522-z
  • L’intrigue du gouverneur, le gouvernement d’une intrigante? Mme de
           Genlis et Mme de Merteuil dans les Liaisons Dangereuses de Laclos
    • Authors: Lisanne Jansen
      Abstract: Abstract The two eighteenth-century novelists Choderlos de Laclos and Mme de Genlis were rivals in different fields. They were both employed by the duke of Orléans and thus occupied a public function. They both wrote an epistolary novel in 1782 and they both had very outspoken opinions about the widely debated subject of female education. The main hypothesis ventured in this article is that Laclos has used Mme de Genlis as a model for the immoral character of Mme de Mertueil in his famous novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Mme de Genlis’ contemporaries have mentioned a possible link between her and the character of Mme de Merteuil, but they did not mention which character traits the countess of Genlis could possibly have in common with this character. The above-mentioned, three-folded rivalry between Laclos and Mme de Genlis will serve as a starting point in order to understand why Mme de Genlis’ contemporaries could have made a link between her and Laclos’ character.
      PubDate: 2017-03-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9520-1
  • The Anacoluthon in Le Rouge et le noir : Cutting Cords and Tying Knots
    • Authors: Sudarsan Rangarajan
      Abstract: Abstract In Le Rouge et le noir (1830), the protagonist Julien Sorel’s quest for upward social mobility is facilitated by father figures and romantic partners. Abandoned by his abusive father, Julien is inspired by Napoleon and the surgeon-major, and aided by several other father figures: the priests Chélan and Pirard, M. de Rênal, and marquis de La Mole. Further, his own paternity is a predominant theme in the novel. His relationship with Mme de Rênal disrupts both her conjugal relationship, and her husband’s relationship with his children. While Mathilde struggles with her decision to marry Julien, her relationship with her father is strained. Using Miller, Derrida, and Enqvist, this essay proposes to show that the paternal and conjugal relationships, which involve two (in)fidelities, are governed by a chain of anacoluthons. Further, a nuanced definition of the trope will provide insights into Mathilde’s attempt to bridge the gap between the nobility and the working class. The essay concludes that Julien Sorel’s death leaves many loose ends, and that his character is an embodiment of the ambiguity in the anacoluthon.
      PubDate: 2017-03-07
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9521-0
  • Montaigne’s Swerve: The Geometry of Parallels in the Essays and
           Other Writings
    • Authors: Alison Calhoun
      Abstract: When Michel de Montaigne criticizes different forms of knowledge in his Essays, geometry gets a decidedly bad rap. Geometrical assertions rely on abstract thought, and the essayist would rather we concentrate on concrete measurements of the world around us. While we have until now made much of the philosophical consequences these criticisms engendered, namely that Montaigne was heavily persuaded by skepticism, we have not looked at the extent to which Montaigne was fascinated by the language of geometry and even, in his writing, obsessed with a particular geometrical debate that dates back to the very first commentaries on Euclid: the necessary, infinite separation between parallel lines and between asymptotes and their hyperbola. Montaigne’s writing produces counter proofs to non-incident lines by forming parallels and asymptotes into demonstrable, everyday actions, expressing them in a more colloquial, French equivalent, and proposing the essay as a parallel figure that challenges theorems of infinite separation. The following will read these moments in Montaigne’s writing as conscious and unconscious instances of his geometrical language and, in Lucretian terms, his swerve [clinamen]. Montaigne’s explicit opposition to lines that never cross, specifically his aversion to the asymptote proposed to him by Jacques Peletier and the parallel lines asserted in Epicurus’ atomist discourse, constitutes a geometrical language in which crossing and contact are moral imperatives that promote social togetherness and exchange.
      PubDate: 2017-03-07
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9519-7
  • Absent Mother and the Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood
    • Authors: Peter Arnds
      Abstract: Abstract Focusing on Little Red Riding Hood my article examines the cultural and biopolitical links between the absent mother and her evil doppelgänger/counterpart, the wolf. As a figure that was demonised from the middle ages on and referred to undesirables abandoned by the community, specifically in the Germanic context, the wolf is caught between fruition and perdition, between nurturing and devouring, reflecting the dual archetype of the mother, the good one and the bad one. Drawing on the homo sacer as the individual cursed and expelled by the community (Agamben), the essay discusses what the initiation rite in the folktale has to do with the early medieval expulsion of culprits known in Germanic Northern Europe as the vargr as both ‘wolf’ and ‘outlaw’. What are the structural and metaphorical links between the three women and the wolf, and can we detect the mother’s untold story in this constellation?
      PubDate: 2017-02-16
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9518-8
  • ‘Why þat yee meeued been / can I nat knowe’: Autobiography,
           Convention, and Discerning Doublenesse in Thomas Hoccleve’s The Series
    • Authors: Laurie Atkinson
      Abstract: Abstract The secretary script of the Privy Seal looms large in the holographs of fifteenth-century clerk, Thomas Hoccleve—both in the written hand on the manuscript page, and the written-ness of his extraordinary quasi-autobiographical poetic productions. Most captivating, if little known, is Durham, University Library, MS Cosin V. iii. 9: witness to the verse collection known as The Series, in which disparate exemplary, confessional, and didactic texts are organised as the purported compositions of the ‘Thomas’ of the frame narrative. The stage seems set for an insight into medieval authorial anxiety, patronage, and even mental infirmity, of apparently unprecedented candour. Yet for all his disarming claims to ineloquence, insignificance, and (famously) ‘meetrynge amis’, Hoccleve is a poet creatively alive to the possibilities, and dangers, of self-identification. He adopts in his poetry the double visage of laureate, yet servant; public man, yet ostracised clerk. Though his speakers may really report autobiographical truths of the poet, the poet may frequently refer only to a namesake of himself—mediated through literary convention—in his speakers. Such is the focus of this article, which considers—adopting a narratologist vocabulary—Cosin V. iii. 9 as an example of a work, and artefact, that bears an almost Renaissance sense of the individual’s propensity to self-fashioning, but that is better encapsulated in a term of a distinctly medieval flavour, doublenesse. The discernment of such doublenesse, I suggest, offers a means of ascribing value to Hoccleve’s still neglected corpus that extends beyond historicism alone, and a pathway, perhaps, for an alternative view of literary authority in late medieval literature. In The Series, emotion is concealed behind convention, the maker behind his text; but despite Hoccleve’s diligent control over the words on the page, as for their interpretation by his audience, that, he must finally concede, ‘can I nat knowe’.
      PubDate: 2017-01-30
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9515-3
  • The Revelations of St Bridget of Sweden in Fifteenth-Century England
    • Authors: Carol F. Heffernan
      Abstract: Abstract The foundation of the Brigittine Order in England at Syon Monastery in 1415 is just one indication of fifteenth-century English aristocratic interest in St Bridget. Syon’s book holdings show a steady focus on contemplative and visionary texts and their reach extended to Westminister and London where Syon’s noble patrons resided. Bridget’s Revelations were received by fifteenth-century readers in the form of extracts as well as the full text. The anonymous Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God borrowed from Bridget’s visionary work and was widely read by the laity. St Bridget had a formative influence on Margery Kempe and is one of the female mystics of the high Middle Ages who united contemplation with active ministry in the world.
      PubDate: 2017-01-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9516-2
  • Feminizing Aureation in Lydgate’s Life of Our Lady and Life of Saint
    • Authors: Amanda Walling
      Abstract: Abstract Although the fifteenth-century English poet John Lydgate frequently references Chaucer as the model for his ornate aureate style, recent scholarship has argued that Lydgate’s poetic style is more ambivalent towards Chaucer and more innovative than was previously acknowledged. This paper examines Lydgate’s Life of Our Lady and Life of Saint Margaret, two poems in which Lydgate’s aureate discourse of poetic inspiration is centered upon the image of a sanctified female body that is simultaneously virginal and fecund, and upon the corresponding figurative language of liquid abundance and gems. Lydgate uses this paradoxical image to develop multiple registers of poetic and spiritual meaning around his aureate language, distancing himself from the patriarchal Chaucerian poetic model and emphasizing that his decorative poetic style is not merely ornamental but instead is integral to his poetic matter.
      PubDate: 2016-12-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9514-4
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