The Cambridge Companion to John Donne

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Achsah Guibbory
Cambridge University Press, Feb 2, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
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The Cambridge Companion to John Donne - the first comprehensive guide to his works to be published - introduces students (undergraduate and graduate) to the range, brilliance and complexity of John Donne. Sixteen new essays, written by an international array of leading scholars and critics, cover Donne's poetry (erotic, satirical, devotional) and his prose (including his sermons and occasional letters). Providing readings of his texts and also fully situating them in the historical and cultural context of early modern England, these essays offer the most up-to-date scholarship and introduce students to the current thinking and debates about Donne, while providing tools for students to read his work with greater understanding and enjoyment. Special features include a chronology; a short biography; chapters on political and religious contexts; a chapter on the experience of reading his lyrics; a meditation on Donne by the contemporary novelist A. S. Byatt; and an extensive bibliography of editions and criticism.
 

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Contents

The text of Donnes writings
23
occasional
35
predecessors and contemporaries
49
Donnes religious world
65
Donnes political world
83
Reading and rereading Donnes poetry
101
Donne in shadows
117
ACHSAH GUIBBORY
133
Donne as preacher
167
the conditions of communication
183
the women in Donnes poems
201
Facing death
217
Donnes afterlife
233
Donne and the embodied mind
247
E SEMLER 2 5 9
259
Copyright

Devotional writing
149

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About the author (2006)

Achsah Guibbory is Professor of English at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of The Map of Time: Seventeenth-Century English Literature and Ideas of Pattern in History (1986), Ceremony and Community from Herbert to Milton: Literature, Religion and Cultural Conflict in Seventeenth-Century England (1998), and has written numerous articles on seventeenth-century English literature and culture, and on John Donne. Her essay on Donne's Elegies, published in ELH (1990), was winner of the award from the John Donne Society for distinguished publication.

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