Neophilologus

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List of Papers (Total 64)

L’intrigue du gouverneur, le gouvernement d’une intrigante? Mme de Genlis et Mme de Merteuil dans les Liaisons Dangereuses de Laclos

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 ...

‘Why þat yee meeued been / can I nat knowe’: Autobiography, Convention, and Discerning Doublenesse in Thomas Hoccleve’s The Series

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 ...

A Key to The Land of Cokaygne: Satire or Parody?

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 ...

Wonder-Smiths and Others: smið Compounds in Old English Poetry—With an Excursus on hleahtor

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 ...

‘Procedes Huc’: Voltaire, Newton, and Locke in Lettres Philosophiques

In Lettres philosophiques, Letter XIII is devoted to Locke, as are Letters XIV–XVII to Newton. The ordering of these letters is not adequately explained by comparing the dates of birth or death of the two thinkers. For the Letter on Locke not only precedes but also ‘frames’ those on Newton, in the sense that it provides the reader with a guide through the philosophical intricacies ...

Entre tradición y modernidad: modificaciones del poema litánico en la poesía de Juan Ramón Jiménez

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 ...

Powerful Patens in the Anglo-Saxon Medical Tradition and Exeter Book Riddle 48

This article discusses Exeter Book Riddle 48 in light of its proposed solutions. While commonly solved as either “chalice” or “paten,” I argue that the riddle points toward the latter solution (OE husel-disc). This riddle is usually read in relation to its counterpart, Riddle 59, which scholarly consensus solves as “chalice” (OE calic or husel-fæt). However, Riddle 48 should be ...

Los espectros de los desaparecidos: pasajes entre compromiso político y visión literaria en los últimos cuentos de Cortázar

The uneasy relationship between literary conception and political commitment is a recurrent subject of meditation in Julio Cortázar’s writings and amongst his critics. The debate revolves around two main considerations: firstly, to what extent and how (if so) Cortázar managed to reconcile his aesthetic ideas with his ethical views; secondly, whether this reconciliation attempt ...

Mann and Gender in Old English Prose: A Pilot Study

It has long been known that OE mann was used in gender-neutral as well as gender-specific contexts. Because of the enormous volume of its attestations in Old English prose, the more precise usage patterns of mann remain, however, largely uncharted, and existing lexicographical tools provide only a basic picture. This article aims to present a preliminary study of the various uses ...

Entrevistas de galeotes: Cervantes, Alemán y la microhistoria de los marginados

The following article discusses the representation of marginality in two early modern Spanish texts. Firstly, the episode of the galley slaves in the first part of Don Quixote (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes, and, secondly, the informe secreto (1593) by Mateo Alemán, a report on the conditions of forced laborers in the quicksilver mines of Almadén. The comparison allows us to discuss ...

Confronting Conspiracies in Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s Late Carvalho Novels

This essay examines the conspiratorial worldviews of three of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s novels on detective Pepe Carvalho. It claims that Vázquez Montalbán’s conspiracy narratives, due to their preoccupation with the (in)adequacy of names and actions within a conspiratorial totality, complicate both their own gesture of social criticism and the possibilities of rebellion by ...

Fuera de foco: ironía y fotografía en Estrella distante, de Roberto Bolaño

This article analyzes the photographs described in Roberto Bolaño’s Estrella distante from the paradigm of irony. Either because they are lost, blurred or out of focus, the unreliability of the images implies that they cannot be used as witness of the violence of Carlos Wielder’s acts, a poet-aviator who murders and holds an exhibition of photographs showing the victims in the ...

A pie: wandering y cotidianidad en Simone de Eduardo Lalo

This article explores the relationship between wandering and everyday life in Simone (2012), a novel by the Puerto Rican writer Eduardo Lalo. Wandering, defined as an aimless movement around the city, is not only an instance to reflect and discover by walking the everyday life, but also to express a critical perspective towards the structures of power that articulates the daily ...

Dante, precursor de Borges

This article examines Jorge Luis Borges’s reading of Dante Alighieri and the imprint thereof on his own literary production. Despite the fact that Borges (1899–1986) assigned his reading of The Divine Comedy to a rather late period in his life, this study argues that he was acquainted with the work of the Italian poet (or at least part of it) at a much earlier date—as can be ...

Ricardo Piglia, lector de Witold Gombrowicz

Although Gombrowicz’s stay in Argentine has been the object of many meticulous investigations, the critical works dedicated to contemporary Argentinean writers’ debt to the author of Ferdydurke are scarce. The article focuses on the Ricardo Piglia’s interpretation of Gombrowicz, on the way in which he uses him in his own project of literary canon reorganization. According to ...

Nostalgie, temps et espace dans La maison de Shemiran de Goli Taraghi

After the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, a wave of political refugees and intellectuals immigrated to France. Among the intelligentsia, writers continued to write despite the practical and emotional difficulties of exile. Three decades later, some authors, such as Goli Taraghi, gradually developed a French-Persian hybrid literature, which closely interweaves the history and ...

The Art of Making Animals Laugh Benjamin Rabier’s Comic-Illustration of Les Fables de La Fontaine

This article aims to explore book illustrations in the form of comic strips, and hence the nature of the format itself: how does it interpret the text, how does it narrate by itself and what is the significance of this “comic-illustration” in comparison to the traditional illustrations. The subject in question is the French artist Benjamin Rabier’s illustrations of Les Fables de La ...

Photographie et image en prose dans Dora Bruder de Patrick Modiano

In Patrick Modiano’s inquiry on Dora Bruder, photographical images—mostly portraits of Dora and her parents—play an important role. But in the original edition, these photographs are not reproduced, they are only described. We thus have to do with prose images, with an ekphrasis from existing photographs. In later editions—especially the American and Japanese translations—we find ...

New Light on the Author of the Twenty-Four Poems in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby 102

The twenty-four poems preserved in MS Digby 102 are anonymous. Josef Kail, their first editor, in 1904 drew a profile of the author that has remained unchallenged for more than a century. Over the years, Kail’s conclusions were copied virtually without comment in anthologies and incidental thematic publications on individual poems. In 2009 two new critical editions of the complete ...

Robert Musil’s Cultural Diagnostics in the Light of Nietzschean Immunology

Nietzsche was one of the first to point out the importance of immunological processes that are at work in any society to maintain its coherence against threats. At the same time, Nietzsche was aware that these immunological processes can become too rigid, ultimately even dangerous and self-destructive. Roberto Esposito has shown that Nietzsche’s work contains at the same time the ...

Les enfants de Lamech dans la Bible anonyme (BNF fr. 763)

The thirteenth century Bible anonyme contains a story about the children of Lamech which, as far as I could ascertain, is unique amongst Old French bible texts. The story not only differs from that in Genesis 4: 19–22, but also deviates from corresponding passages in other Old French bible adaptations, which usually stress Lamech’s role as the first bigamist and repeat the legend ...