Dennis Flynn

in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199218608
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature


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This Introduction summarizes the contents of Part IV of this book. The purpose of Part IV is to survey major critical debates affecting the reception of Donne from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. To do this the analysis in this part asks a number of questions, such as: Do Donne’s writings express his apostasy, misogyny, political absolutism, and his desperate ambition? Are his writings harsh, obscure, witty, and unrhythmical? Are there two Donnes? And should Donne’s writings even been published?

Keywords: critical debates; apostasy; misogyny; political absolutism; ambition; critical work

Article.  1034 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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