Augustinian Case Studies

Katrin Ettenhuber

in Donne's Augustine

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199609109
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729553 | DOI:
Augustinian Case Studies

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This chapter outlines some of the most characteristic ways in which Donne absorbs, digests, and reworks Augustine's texts by presenting a series of case studies. It falls into two halves. The first part focuses on citations probably gleaned directly from Augustine's works: the chapter summarizes the evidence for Donne's first-hand knowledge of Augustine's texts and presents examples designed to showcase his Augustinian expertise in different ways. The second part devotes itself to the medieval and early modern mediators of Augustine that were available to Donne. It is organized according to textual genre and category, and surveys patristic handbooks, Scripture commentaries, and various types of excerpt collections, among others, to track the sources and mediating channels of Donne's Augustinian citations. The chapter reconstructs Donne's reading in detail, demonstrates his recourse to sixty different Augustinian texts, and excavates a whole spectrum of sources that have been completely neglected in literary scholarship of the early modern period.

Keywords: history of the book; religious controversy; Thomas Aquinas; Gratian; Peter Lombard; commonplace books; exegesis; Church history; Scripture commentary

Chapter.  21406 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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