20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module focuses on the work of one of the most charismatic, provocative, and intellectually challenging poets and preachers of the early modern period, John Donne. Ranging across Donne's writings, we will consider his erotic and religious poetry, political satires, letters, and sermons. The module will examine the social and literary circles in which Donne's work was written and read, with a particular emphasis on contemporary cultures of print and manuscript, and also seek to locate Donne's work in the wider context of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century society, exploring, for example, his engagement with court politics, religious controversy, debates about marriage, and the exploration of the New World. The module will conclude with an examination of the critical reception of Donne's work and, in particular, the ways in which his biography has been constructed from the seventeenth-century to the present day.

Staff Contact: RHATIGAN EMMA K
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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