Reconfiguring Figuring: John Donne As Narrative Poet

Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton

in Go Figure

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233496
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241224 | DOI:
Reconfiguring Figuring: John Donne As Narrative Poet

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An essay on narrativity invites assays at narrative; an article on form invites the dovetailing of memoir with more traditional scholarly prose. One obvious but important reason mourners often tell such stories is that they are attempting to assert control over the events by ordering them, in the several senses of that verb. If we search for the components often assigned to narrativity — the representation of a series of events, causality, change, the solution of a problem, and so on — the Songs and Sonets repeatedly testify to Donne's interest in narrative in these several senses, an interest more evident in his work than in that of many other lyric poets. Moreover, such tales can reinforce that substitution through a model of performance that arguably works better for storytelling than for the genderings with which it is more commonly associated.

Keywords: narrativity; narrative; John Donne; causality; tales; stories; storytelling; poet; events

Chapter.  6545 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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