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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
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: 17)
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: 3)
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: 10)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Anabases     Open Access  
Analyse & Kritik. Zeitschrift f     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 47)
Anuario Americanista Europeo     Open Access  
Arbutus Review     Open Access  
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ars & Humanitas     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
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: 8)
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: 25)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cornish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
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: 4)
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 49)
Culturas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
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: 54)
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
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: 39)
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
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: 8)
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: 26)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fronteras : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Frontiers in Digital Humanities     Open Access  
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: 26)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal  
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: 12)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
History of Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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: 16)
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: 2)
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: 6)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
International Journal of Heritage Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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: 12)
Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
ÍSTMICA. Revista de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jangwa Pana     Open Access  
Jewish Culture and History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Journal de la Société des Américanistes     Open Access  
Journal des africanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal for Cultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal for General Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
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: 20)
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: 19)
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Geography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
Journal of Developing Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Family Theory & Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Franco-Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Journal of Interactive Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Journal of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 33)
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   (Followers: 1)
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: 30)
Journal Sampurasun : Interdisciplinary Studies for Cultural Heritage     Open Access  
Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Jurnal Sosial Humaniora     Open Access  
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
La lettre du Collège de France     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 20)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law and Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law, Culture and the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Le Portique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Leadership     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
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: 22)
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: 35)
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)
Mneme - Revista de Humanidades     Open Access  
Modern Italy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Motivation Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Mouseion     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
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)

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   ISSN (Print) 1572-8668 - ISSN (Online) 0028-2677
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  • Montaigne’s Swerve: The Geometry of Parallels in the Essays and
           Other Writings
    • Authors: Alison Calhoun
      Pages: 351 - 365
      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: 2017-07-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9519-7
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 3 (2017)
  • The Anacoluthon in Le Rouge et le noir : Cutting Cords and Tying Knots
    • Authors: Sudarsan Rangarajan
      Pages: 387 - 397
      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: 2017-07-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9521-0
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 3 (2017)
  • Las muertes en torno a los Reyes Católicos en el Romancero
           trovadoresco y tradicional
    • Authors: Clara Marías
      Pages: 399 - 416
      Abstract: Abstract Among the romances noticieros (news-bearing ballads) from the time of Fernando and Isabel -ballads which form part of the erudite, courtly cancioneril poetry when composed by known authors, and part of the popular tradition when we know of only anonymous traditional versions- the ballads that recount the deaths of princes and monarchs are especially noteworthy. Given the political importance and social ramifications of such events, it is not surprising that they inspired compositions which, at times, focus on the consequences for the realm (the problem of succession, political instability, the power vacuum); at other times, they eulogize the deceased and reflect the authors’ attempts to ingratiate themselves with the powerful and express their loyalty; and still others include the most personal touches: the loved ones’ grief over their loss, the dying ruler’s attitude toward death and his final arrangements. Although two of these ballads enjoyed such widespread appeal that they survived in the oral tradition of modern times, the present article focuses on the versions that are most closely contemporary with the events they relate. This study endeavours to compare the poetic treatments of death and the differences among the poets’ perspectives in five ballads that originate in the final decades of the fifteenth century and the first years of the sixteenth century; these five ballads recount the death of the crown prince of Portugal, the death of the royal heir of Castille and Aragon, and the death of the king of Castille, and the king of Aragon, respectively. With this focus, the present study undertakes to determine to what extent the different representations of the ruler’s death, and the erudite or traditional nature of a particular ballad, are related to the texts’ dissemination and survival.
      PubDate: 2017-07-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9517-1
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 3 (2017)
  • A Key to The Land of Cokaygne : Satire or Parody'
    • Authors: Bart Veldhoen
      Pages: 469 - 478
      Abstract: Abstract The Land of Cokaygne, or parts of it, is often treated as a satire, although admitted to be characterized as a text that mixes different genres. My contention is that it is essentially a parody of monastic life, for which I adduce Bakhtin’s theory of medieval parody. It is shown that satire is no more than a side effect, but never offers a satisfactory key to the actual scenes of the text, whereas parody (in Bakhtin’s terms) underlies every element of the poem. Also the manuscript context corroborates the idea of parody. Another new element that I have introduced is a passage from an Old Irish text the Lebor Gabála Érinn, which offers some remarkably close parallels to the opening lines of The Land of Cokaygne and shows clearly how The Land of Cokaygne works as a parody. A final new point I introduce is a reading of the episode of the nuns as a parody of the sacrament of Confession.
      PubDate: 2017-07-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9512-6
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 3 (2017)
  • ‘Why þat yee meeued been / can I nat knowe’: Autobiography,
           Convention, and Discerning Doublenesse in Thomas Hoccleve’s The Series
    • Authors: Laurie Atkinson
      Pages: 479 - 494
      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: 2017-07-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-016-9515-3
      Issue No: Vol. 101, No. 3 (2017)
  • English Past and English Present: The Phrase “Old English” in
           Middle English Texts
    • Authors: Susan E. Deskis
      Abstract: Abstract Examining English texts from the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries that use the phrase “Old English” reveals the writers’ attitudes about older forms of the language. In most instances, they did not intend to identify or define “Old English” but instead, to note its close or distant relationship to the language as they used it themselves, including in contrast to French or Latin. When proverbs are described as “Old English” both age and vernacularity are meant to impress an English-speaking audience. Elsewhere, writers such as William Langland and William Caxton use “Old English” to indicate linguistic archaism, especially of lexicon.
      PubDate: 2017-10-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9537-5
  • Carnal Manifestations of Divine Love in the Mystical Writings of Elsbeth
           of Oye, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Margery Kempe
    • Authors: Simone Kügeler-Race
      Abstract: Abstract This article considers literary representations of the body in female mysticism from a transdisciplinary and comparative perspective. It is one of the first studies to provide a comparative reading of three female authors of the Middle Ages: Mechthild of Magdeburg’s Das Fließende Licht der Gottheit (c. 1250), Elsbeth of Oye’s Leben und Offenbarungen (c. 1340) and The Book of Margery Kempe (c. 1440). The literary depiction of bodily urges ranges from erotic encounters as a representation of mystical union, to longing, suffering and despair in order to be a living example of imitatio Christi. Through analysing relevant excerpts of the three mystical texts, which illustrate the yearning for physical pain (the vita of Elsbeth of Oye) and differing accentuations of sexuality (The Book of Margery Kempe, Das Fließende Licht der Gottheit), the instrumentalisation of the female body for salvific purposes becomes clear. These carnal manifestations of divine love can be viewed as major motifs structuring the texts rather than giving unmediated and ‘documentary’ evidence of their authors’ experience.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9535-7
  • Wealhtheow and Her Name: Etymology, Characterization, and Textual
    • Authors: Leonard Neidorf
      Abstract: Abstract This article reconsiders the interpretation of Wealhtheow and her name in the light of recent advances in onomastic and textual scholarship. It argues against the supposition of a relationship between name-etymology and characterization in Beowulf, while raising the possibility that the genuine name of Hrothgar’s queen might have been obscured during the poem’s textual transmission.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9538-4
  • The Genetic Fluke in Zadie Smith and Philip Roth: Order, Chaos and Utopia
    • Authors: Roxanne Covelo
      Abstract: Abstract The article explores the occurrence of the genetic fluke in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000) and Philip Roth’s American Pastoral (1997). Although genetics, eugenics, heredity and breeding are described by the characters in terms of determinism, and understood by them as expressions of order and controllability in nature, the events of the novels invariably unfold in such a way as to prove them wrong. Their various utopian projects (genetic, religious, and political) are undone by unexpected agents of chaos, of which the genetic fluke is an example, leading to a broader discussion in the novels of the problem of determinism and chance, or order and disorder, at levels extending well beyond the biological.
      PubDate: 2017-08-19
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9534-8
  • “Qu’est-ce que c’est que l’amour'” Curiosité, amour et
           monstruosité chez Stendhal
    • Authors: Steffie Van Neste
      Abstract: Abstract “What is love'” (Lamiel, suivi de Armance, Hachette, Paris, 1965, 90) Stendhal’s characters wonder. In their quest to understand love, they encounter a hostile society. In response, they return to the self: instead of accepting the authority of tradition, they rely on their own observations and experiences. Stendhal, who defends intellectual equality, praises this concept of curiosity. Empirical curiosity is a response to a patriarchal mindset, to a mindset that clearly obstructs the cultivation of the self. In that regard, curiosity appears to be a subversive weapon, allowing the characters to deconstruct conventional roles. At the same time, this new form of curiosity is dangerous. As empirical curiosity escapes any kind of rules, it knowns no boundaries: the curiosity of the subject is unbridled, reckless, and savage. It is even so destructive that it threatens the integrity of the subject, that it turns the curious into a monster. In Lamiel and La Chartreuse de Parme, Stendhal reflects upon this paradox. He proposes three medicines to reckless curiosity: organization, concentration and reflection.
      PubDate: 2017-08-10
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9533-9
  • Teoría y crítica literaria en Agudeza y arte de ingenio
    • Authors: Alfonso Rey
      Abstract: Abstract The aim of Gracián’s Agudeza y arte de ingenio (Sharp-mindedness and the Art of Wit) was to write a treatise explaining all the different types of conceits. Being aware that concepto is a multi-purpose word, Gracián proceded to make additional definitions and distinctions, outlining some categories and subcategories of conceits, and establishing different possibilities of combination between them. His theory, based on an inductive procedure, raises some objections: 1) it is difficult to find the rules governing the faculty of wit, the technique of arte de ingenio; 2) the idea of conceit based on the relationship of similarity does not take into account the fact that many witty correspondences are devoid of literary quality; 3) the practice of conceit barely explains the most important achievements and innovations made by the great Baroque poets, at least in Spain, despite their reputation for the bold use of conceptos. In spite of those shortcomings, Agudeza y arte de ingenio deserves credit for its theoretical ambition and for Gracian’s effort to renovate the literary and gnoseological thought of his time.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9530-z
  • Una invectiva inédita contra Gracias y desgracias del ojo del culo de
    • Authors: María José Alonso Veloso
      Abstract: Abstract This article aims to give notice about the existence of an unknown invective against Gracias y desgracias del ojo del culo, one of the most famous Francisco de Quevedo’s burlesque works. That printed work is entitled Excelencias y desagravios de los nobilísimos ojos de la cara, y zurriago contra el abogado del nefando ojo del culo. Published in the seventeenth century without date or place of printing, this new invective is now kept in the Biblioteca Valenciana and it has never been described. The author of this work remains hidden behind the pseudonym “Bachiller Polvorín de Tras-Te-Riego”. This new testimony is very interesting for completing the complex puzzle of the abundant controversial texts against Quevedo and his works, which were especially written and divulged along the decade between 1626 and 1635. Additionally, this unknown textual source draw critical attention to one aspect: the fact that this invective could have been one of the earliest among all known invectives so far. Its textual source might have not been one of the numerous preserved manuscripts but the first edition of Quevedo’s text, dated between 1620 and 1626, as the author suggests when describing the atmosphere in the Court of Spain where it was released. However, the real author of the invective and the circumstances of its writing and publishing are still needed of further inquiries.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9532-x
  • The Insular Landscape of the Old English Poem The Phoenix
    • Authors: Helen Appleton
      Abstract: Abstract The opening section of the Old English poem The Phoenix derives from a fourth-century Latin poem, Carmen de ave phoenice, which is usually attributed to Lactantius. It is well known that The Phoenix Christianises and substantially enlarges upon descriptive details derived from its Latin source, but little detailed work has been done on how this actually takes place. The poet of The Phoenix’s expansions have been dismissed as prolix, yet when examined in light of similar passages elsewhere in the corpus of Old English literature, these additions can be seen to introduce images of particular resonance. This essay will focus on the landscape of the poem’s opening to argue for the Anglo-Saxon poet’s introduction of a distinctively insular spatial imaginaire to the setting inherited from the Latin source material. This insular imaginaire is in keeping with general trends in Anglo-Saxon literary culture, and ensures the resonance of The Phoenix’s resurrection allegory with its Anglo-Saxon audience.
      PubDate: 2017-08-07
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9531-y
  • Justified: Ecocriticism and Moral Development in Espido Freire’s
           Irlanda (1998)
    • Authors: Maria T. Pao
      Abstract: Abstract Within the last decade or so, several specialists of Spanish Peninsular studies have adopted an ecocritical approach to prose and focused their attention on explicit environmental concerns in novels such as Instrucciones para salvar el mundo (2008) by Rosa Montero or Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa’s El mar en llamas (2011). This approach has yielded important scholarship, signaling the participation of Spanish novelists in this thematic current. The present essay, however, suggests that ecocriticism may also be fruitfully pursued in narratives whose topics may not seem overtly germane. This is the case, I argue, with Irlanda (1998) by Espido Freire, a novel that has been characterized as the bildungsroman of a young witch. Despite her shocking behavior, it is the contention of this essay that the protagonist’s moral development is predicated on notions of fairness, care, and other prosocial stances that ensue from her sensitivity to the natural environment. The kind of close reading practiced in this article provides a broader lens to evaluate narratives that might otherwise be left at the margins of ecocritical literature.
      PubDate: 2017-06-29
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9529-5
  • Eteokles in Spain? On Brecht’s Mein Bruder war ein Flieger
    • Authors: Filippomaria Pontani
      Abstract: Abstract One of Bertolt Brecht’s most famous poems, Mein Bruder war ein Flieger, is often invoked as a manifesto for pacifist ideals, but some essential questions (who is the lyric I? what is the literal meaning of the poem?) have hardly received any attention. By evoking the poem’s nature as a Kinderlied, the context of its first publication, and its relationship with Brecht’s play Die Gewehre der Frau Carrar, this article tentatively identifies the source of its final pointe in a famous passage of Aeschylus’ Seven against Thebes, thereby suggesting—on the basis of textual comparisons—an example of far-reaching, ideological Antikerezeption in Brecht’s oeuvre, working all the way down to his Kalendergeschichten and to his Antigone.
      PubDate: 2017-06-06
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9528-6
  • Illness as a Burden in Anglo-Saxon England
    • Authors: Penelope J. Scott
      Abstract: Abstract As a culturally constructed concept, illness may be conceptualised through various metaphors across different times and cultures. This paper presents evidence based on readings from the Dictionary of Old English Corpus in Electronic Form (Healey et al. 1998) and the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) that in Old English illness is conceptualised as a heavy burden. The significance of the illness is a burden metaphor in Old English is greater than in Present Day English, in which, as pointed out by Goddard and Wierzbicka (2014) it would not be usual to speak of a heavy illness. The paper also investigates whether there is evidence for a nascent form of the military metaphor for illness and medicine, as identified by Sontag (1978/1991) and exemplified in Middle English by Díaz-Vera (2009). The military metaphor suggests a different approach to illness, in which one ‘fights’ the affliction. This is not well-evidenced in Old English, and it is argued in this paper that these two conceptual metaphors are based on distinct cultural schemas (Quinn 1987). While illness is a burden is to an extent grounded in embodied experience (Lakoff and Johnson 1999), the conceptualisation in Old English cannot fully be understood without also taking into account cultural schemas influenced by the humoral theory of disease aetiology, and by the religious context.
      PubDate: 2017-05-29
      DOI: 10.1007/s11061-017-9527-7
  • 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
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