The Companion to John Donne 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 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 Donne with greater understanding and enjoyment.
-The first comprehensive companion to Donne's writings
- Covers multiple perspectives, including scholarship by historians
- Includes a meditation on Donne by the contemporary novelist A. S. Byatt
Table of Contents
1. Donne's life: a sketch Jonathan F. S. Post 2. The text of Donne's writings Ted-Larry Pebworth 3. The social context and nature of Donne's writing: occasional verse and letters Arthur F. Marotti 4. Literary contexts: predecessors and contemporaries Andrew Hadfield 5. Donne's religious world Alison Shell and Arnold Hunt 6. Donne's political world Tom Cain 7. Reading and rereading Donne's poetry Judith Herz 8. Satirical writing: Donne in shadows Annabel Patterson 9. Erotic poetry Achsah Guibbory 10. Devotional writing Helen Wilcox 11. Donne as preacher Peter McCullough 12. Donne's language: the conditions of communication Lynne Magnusson 13. Gender matters: the women in Donne's poems Ilona Bell 14. Facing death Ramie Targoff 15. Donne's afterlife Dayton Haskin 16. Feeling thought: Donne and the embodied mind A. S. Byatt 17. Select bibliography L. E. Semler