Donne Sex and God: A Critical Conversation

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Here's a thing. How could John Donne, one of our greatest poets, be equally, and often simultaneously, obsessed with those two radical three-letter words and things, Sex and God? This book addresses the whole of Donne's life and works, from the early Songs and Sonnets to the late Sermons, in the form of a critical conversation, to tease out the relationship between Jack Donne, Monarch of Wit, and Dr Donne, Dean of St Pauls. Central to this study is a close analysis of the poet's Third Satire, Donne's formative ...
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Overview

Here's a thing. How could John Donne, one of our greatest poets, be equally, and often simultaneously, obsessed with those two radical three-letter words and things, Sex and God? This book addresses the whole of Donne's life and works, from the early Songs and Sonnets to the late Sermons, in the form of a critical conversation, to tease out the relationship between Jack Donne, Monarch of Wit, and Dr Donne, Dean of St Pauls. Central to this study is a close analysis of the poet's Third Satire, Donne's formative essay on religion and doubt. Donne enjoyed the thrills and dangers of doubt. Caught between the categorical imperatives of Sex and God, he made creative use of the obscene and the blasphemous. Relativity and relationship (with the world, the flesh and the devil) were his themes. His visionary discourse is couched in the language of mad love. He interrogates us and pushes us to interrogate our world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781490935706
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/17/2013
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hoyles was marked by books from a young age: Huckleberry Finn (my first book from a Cardiff bookshop 1944); Hardy's Wessex novels (at my Berkshire prep school 1948, as inoculation against pessimism); War and Peace (read in boarding school courtyard 1950 - I fell in love with Natasha); Lawrence Collected Poems (forbidden texts, banned in school library, seen in mad music master's room in school tower); Shelley's Complete Poems (BEAUTY, pure and absolute from Cirencester bookshop 1952, aged 16); Urquhart's 1653 RabelaIs (Renaissance high jinks for Christmas 1953); Lady Chatterley unexpurgated (Swedish edition from Hamburg bookshop 1955, lent to 16 year old schoolgirl, never returned, another forbidden text); the Marquis de Sade's Justine (in French, in Paris, 1961, another forbidden text). In all this lurked the high and the low, symbolised for John in his inability to finish Crime and Punishment and his subjection to the samizdat porn of The Story of O while doing National Service in Bedford (1955-7).

John was born in Cornwall, studied at Kingswood School Bath and Queens' College Cambridge, and taught English and related literature at Hull University (1965-2001). He has specialised in the history of ideas and the relationship between literature and politics. His writings include The Waning of the Renaissance (1971), The Edges of Augustanism (1972), and The Literary Underground (1991), this last principally a study of Kafka and Zamyatin. In his later years he has taught courses on Cinema, Totalitarianism and Feminism.

More recently, John is the author of three recent books, "Donne Sex and God", "Film Fun" and "Literary Sizzlers". He also runs the Hull Film Society and is doing his best to contribute to the Hull Year of Culture.

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