John Donne's Poetry and Early Modern Visual Culture

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Susquehanna University Press, 2005 - 248 sivua
This study argues the thesis that John Donne's poetry, already well-served by the insightful close readings of earlier generations of scholars, can now profit from being read in the context of early modern cultural experience, specifically its visual culture. It points out that the focus on visual culture allows for a non-monolithic, flexible reading of Donne's verse, in part because it acknowledges that while the complexity of his religious identity has been well-explored, the complexity of his secular interest has perhaps been less thoroughly examined. Since a study of early modern visual culture is deeply concerned with the vicissitudes of the image, both religious and secular, such a context serves to integrate what in Donne sometimes invites polarity. Focused on close readings of several poems, the study is in two parts. On the one hand, it examines the visual culture of early modern England and argues that reading Donne's poetry enhances our understanding of how that culture actually operated when looked at through the experience of a practicing poet. On the other, it looks at Donne's verse and argues that reading that against the visual culture through which it participated adds a dimension to that verse that would otherwise be less accessible to us.
 

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Acknowledgments
9
Preface
13
Donne and Painting The Early Politics
29
Donne and Festival The Structure of the Lyrics
61
Donne and London Representing Representations from Spectacle to Poetic Discourse
97
Donne and the Crisis in the Image The Internal Made Visible
133
Donne and Collecting Moving Away from Patronage
160
Conclusion
204
Notes
207
Bibliography
229
Index
239
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Sivu 235 - Le Prince d' Amour, or the Prince of Love, with a Collection of several Ingenious Poems and Songs by the Wits of the Age.

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Ann Hollinshead Hurley is Professor of English at Wagner College.

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