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The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

The Oxford Handbook of John Donne


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ISBN-13: 9780199218608
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages: 784
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Jeanne Shami is Professor of English at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, where she has taught since 1977. In 1992, she discovered a manuscript of a John Donne sermon corrected in his hand. She published a parallel-text edition of this sermon in 1996, John Donne's 1622 Gunpowder Plot Sermon: A Parallel-Text Edition. Shami is the author of John Donne and Conformity in Crisis in the Late Jacobean Pulpit and Renaissance Tropologies: The Cultural Imagination of Early Modern England. She is past president of the John Donne Society (2002-03) and has won its award for distinguished publication three times (1996, 2000, 2003).

Dennis Flynn is Professor of English at Bentley University and a past president of the John Donne Society. He has published numerous reviews and articles in Donne studies, authored John Donne and the Ancient Catholic Nobility, and co-edited three volumes in the ongoing Donne Variorum project as well as John Donne's Marriage Letters at The Folger Shakespeare Library.

M. Thomas Hester is Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at North Carolina State University and the author/editor of numerous books and articles on Renaissance literature---most recently, Donne's Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library, with Dennis Flynn and Robert P. Sorlien, and Talking Renaissance Texts: Essays on the Humanist Tradition with Jeffrey Kahan. At present he is an editor of The Oxford Edition of the Prose Letters of Donne, with Dennis Flynn and Ernest W. Sullivan, II. He is also Editor of The John Donne Journal.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations and maps
Note to Readers
General introduction Jeanne Shami, M. Thomas Hester and Dennis Flynn
Part 1: Research resources in Donne studies and why they matter
Introduction, Jeanne Shami
The composition and dissemination of Donne's writings, Gary A. Stringer
John Donne's seventeenth-century readers, Ernest W. Sullivan, II
Archival research, Lara M. Crowley
Editing Donne's poetry: part 1: From John Marriot to the Donne Variorum, Gary A. Stringer
Editing Donne's poetry: part 2: The DonneVariorum and beyond, Richard K. Todd
Modern scholarly editions of the prose of John Donne, Ernest W. Sullivan, II
Research tools and their pitfalls for Donne studies, Donald R. Dickson
Collaboration and the international scholarly community, Hugh Adlington
Part 2: Donne's genres
Introduction, Heather Dubrow and M. Thomas Hester
The epigram, M. Thomas Hester
The formal verse satire, Gregory Kneidel
The elegy, R. V. Young
The paradox, Michael W. Price
The paradox: Biathanatos, Ernest W. Sullivan, II
Menippean Donne, Anne Lake Prescott
The love lyric, Dayton Haskin
The verse letter, Margaret Maurer
The religious sonnet, R. V. Young
Liturgical poetry, Kirsten Stirling
The problem, Michael W. Price
The controversial treatise, Graham Roebuck
The essay, Jeffrey Johnson
The anniversary poem, Graham Roebuck
The epicede and obsequy, Claude J. Summers
The epithalamion, Camille Wells Slights
The devotion, Kate Narveson
The sermon, Jeanne Shami
The prose letter, Margaret Maurer
Part 3: Biographical and historical contexts
Introduction, Dennis Flynn and Jeanne Shami
The English Reformation in the mid-Elizabethan period, Patrick Collinson
Donne's family background, birth, and early years, Dennis Flynn
Education as a courtier, Alexandra Gajda
Donne's education, Dennis Flynn
Donne's military career, Albert C. Labriola
The Earl of Essex and English expeditionary forces, Paul E. J. Hammer
Donne and Egerton: the Court and courtship, Steven W. May
On late-Elizabethan courtship and politics, Andrew Gordon
Donne's wedding and the Pyrford years, Dennis Flynn
New horizons in the early Jacobean period, Anthony Milton
The death of Robert Cecil: end of an era, Johann Sommerville
Donne's travel and earliest publications, Dennis Flynn
Donne's decision to take orders, Jeanne Shami
The rise of the Howards at court, Peter McCullough
The hazards of the Jacobean court, Kenneth Fincham
Donne's readership at Lincoln's Inn and the Doncaster embassy, Emma Rhatigan
International politics and Jacobean statecraft, Malcolm Smuts
Donne: the final period, Clayton D. Lein
Donne, the patriot cause, and war, 1620-29, Simon Healy
The English nation in 1631, Arnold Hunt
The death of Donne, Alison Shell
Part 4: Problems of literary interpretation that have been traditionally and generally important in Donne studies
Introduction, Dennis Flynn
Donne and apostasy, Achsah Guibbory
Donne, women, and the spectre of misogyny, Theresa M. DiPasquale
Donne's absolutism, Debora Shuger
Style, wit, prosody in the poetry of John Donne, Albert C. Labriola
Do Donne's writings express his desperate ambition?, Hugh Adlington
"By parting have joyn'd here": the story of the two (or more) Donnes, Judith Scherer Herz
Danger and discourse, Lynne Magnusson

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