John Donne's Professional Lives

John Donne's Professional Lives

Edited by David Colclough





New studies offer a revisionist interpretation of Donne's career, making a polemical case for studying the full range of his writings.
During his life, John Donne occupied a range of professional positions, in all of which he produced writings considered by his contemporaries to be worthy of interest, collection and annotation. Donne's lifetime also coincided with the period during which the notion of the profession became increasingly significant. This volume makes a strong argument for the importance of Donne's professional writings to our understanding of his oeuvre and of the culture of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. Studying in depth his remarkable use of a wide range of terms and even whole vocabularies - legal, theological, and medical, among others - it shows how Donne moulded his identity as a professional intellectual with the languages that were at hand. A tightly focussed series of essays by scholars of international reputation and younger experts in the field, John Donne's Professional Lives contains new discoveries and fresh interpretations. It offers a revisionist interpretation of Donne's career and makes a polemical case for studying the full range of his writings.Contributors: JAMES CANNON, DAVID CUNNINGTON, LOUIS A. KNAFLA, PETER MCCULLOUGH, JESSICA MARTIN, JEREMY MAULE, MARY MORRISSEY, STEPHEN PENDER, JEANNE SHAMI, ALISON SHELL, JOHANN P. SOMMERVILLE.DAVID COLCLOUGH is a lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London.


May 2003
1 black and white, 1 line illustrations
286 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Renaissance Literature
ISBN: 9780859917759
Format: Hardback
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Table of Contents

Introduction - David Colclough
Donne and the words of the law - Jeremy Maule
Mr Secretary Donne: the years with Sir Thomas Egerton - Louis A Knafla
John Donne the controversialist: the poet as political thinker - Johann P Sommerville
The profession of friendship in Donne's amatory verse letters - David Cunnington
Donne and Sir Edward Hoby: Evidence for an unrecorded collaboration - Alison Shell
Labels, controversy, and the language of inclusion in Donne's Sermons - Jeanne Shami
Donne as a conventional Paul's Cross preacher - Mary Morrissey
Donne as preacher at Court: precarious 'Inthronization' - Peter McCullough
Reverent Donne: The Double Quickening of Lincoln's Inn Chapel - James Cannon
Essaying the Body: Donne, affliction, and medicine - Stephen Pender
Izaak Walton and the 'Re-inanimation' of Dr Donne - Jessica Martin


This is an intriguing collection of essays, lucidly introduced by David Colclough. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

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