The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

Paperback | January 27, 2016

EditorJeanne Shami, DENNIS FLYNN, M. Thomas Hester

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The Oxford Handbook of John Donne presents scholars with the history of Donne studies and provides tools to orient scholarship in this field in the twenty-first century and beyond. Though profoundly historical in its orientation, the Handbook is not a summary of existing knowledge but aresource that reveals patterns of literary and historical attention and the new directions that these patterns enable or obstruct. Part I - Research resources in Donne Studies and why they they matter - emphasizes the heuristic and practical orientation of the Handbook, examining prevailing assumptions and reviewing the specialized scholarly tools available. This section provides a brief evaluation and description of thescholarly strengths, shortcomings, and significance of each resource, focusing on a balanced evaluation of the opportunities and the hazards each offers. Part II - Donne's genres - begins with an introduction that explores the significance and differentiation of the numerous genres in which Donne wrote, including discussion of the problems posed by his overlapping and bending of genres. Essays trace the conventions and histories of the genresconcered and study the ways in which Donne's works confirm how and why his 'fresh invention' illustrates his responses to the literary and non-literary contexts of their composition.Part III - Biographical and historical contexts - creates perspective on what is known about Donne's life; shows how his life and writings epitomized and affected important controversial issues of his day; and brings to bear on Donne studies some of the most stimulating and creative ideas developedin recent decades by historians of early modern England. Part IV - Problems of literary interpretation that have been traditionally and generally important in Donne Studies - introduces students and researchers to major critical debates affecting the reception of Donne from the 17th through to the 21st centuries.

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The Oxford Handbook of John Donne presents scholars with the history of Donne studies and provides tools to orient scholarship in this field in the twenty-first century and beyond. Though profoundly historical in its orientation, the Handbook is not a summary of existing knowledge but aresource that reveals patterns of literary and hi...

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 th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:882 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:January 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of illustrations and mapsNote to ReadersJeanne Shami, M. Thomas Hester and Dennis Flynn: General IntroductionPart 1: Research resources in Donne studies and why they matterJeanne Shami: IntroductionGary A. Stringer: The composition and dissemination of Donne's writingsErnest W. Sullivan, II: John Donne's seventeenth-century readersLara M. Crowley: Archival researchGary A. Stringer: Editing Donne's poetry: part 1: From John Marriot to the Donne VariorumRichard K. Todd: Editing Donne's poetry: part 2: The DonneVariorum and beyondErnest W. Sullivan, II: Modern scholarly editions of the prose of John DonneDonald R. Dickson: Research tools and their pitfalls for Donne studiesHugh Adlington: Collaboration and the international scholarly communityPart 2: Donne's genresHeather Dubrow and M. Thomas Hester: IntroductionM. Thomas Hester: The epigramGregory Kneidel: The formal verse satireR. V. Young: The elegyMichael W. Price: The paradoxErnest W. Sullivan, II: The paradox: BiathanatosAnne Lake Prescott: Menippean DonneDayton Haskin: The love lyricMargaret Maurer: The verse letterR. V. Young: The religious sonnetKirsten Stirling: Liturgical poetryMichael W. Price: The problemGraham Roebuck: The controversial treatiseJeffrey Johnson: The essayGraham Roebuck: The anniversary poemClaude J. Summers: The epicede and obsequyCamille Wells Slights: The epithalamionKate Narveson: The devotionJeanne Shami: The sermonMargaret Maurer: The prose letterPart 3: Biographical and historical contextsDennis Flynn and Jeanne Shami: IntroductionPatrick Collinson: The English Reformation in the mid-Elizabethan periodDennis Flynn: Donne's family background, birth, and early yearsAlexandra Gajda: Education as a courtierDennis Flynn: Donne's educationAlbert C. Labriola: Donne's military careerPaul E. J. Hammer: The Earl of Essex and English expeditionary forcesSteven W. May: Donne and Egerton: the Court and courtshipAndrew Gordon: On late-Elizabethan courtship and politicsDennis Flynn: Donne's wedding and the Pyrford yearsAnthony Milton: New horizons in the early Jacobean periodJohann Sommerville: The death of Robert Cecil: end of an eraDennis Flynn: Donne's travel and earliest publicationsJeanne Shami: Donne's decision to take ordersAlastair Bellany: The rise of the Howards at courtPeter McCullough: The hazards of the Jacobean courtEmma Rhatigan: Donne's readership at Lincoln's Inn and the Doncaster embassyMalcolm Smuts: International politics and Jacobean statecraftClayton D. Lein: Donne: the final periodSimon Healy: Donne, the patriot cause, and war, 1620-29Arnold Hunt: The English nation in 1631Alison Shell: The death of DonnePart 4: Problems of literary interpretation that have been traditionally and generally important in Donne studiesDennis Flynn: IntroductionAchsah Guibbory: Donne and apostasyTheresa M. DiPasquale: Donne, women, and the spectre of misogynyDebora Shuger: Donne's absolutismAlbert C. Labriola: Style, wit, prosody in the poetry of John DonneHugh Adlington: Do Donne's writings express his desperate ambition?Judith Scherer Herz: "By parting have joyn'd here: the story of the two (or more) DonnesLynne Magnusson: Danger and discourseBibliographyIndex

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"this collection of articles offers an introduction to the field of Donne studies that would be difficult to equal elsewhere." --Ruth Mills Robbins, Comitatus 18/09/2012