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Introduction

Ramie Targoff

in John Donne, Body and Soul

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780226789637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226789781 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226789781.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins by explaining how something so crucial to nearly all of John Donne's writing—his preoccupation with the absolute centrality of the body and soul's union—has not been fully acknowledged by centuries of readers and critics. The discussion then turns to what it was about the body and soul that mattered so deeply to Donne, and how we might account for his lifelong fascination with imagining both the moment they part and the prospect of their coming together again.

Keywords: John Donne; body; soul

Chapter.  11242 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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