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Patronage performances – Letters

Margret Fetzer

in John Donne's Performances

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780719083440
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700051 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719083440.003.0005
Patronage performances – Letters

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This chapter identifies the shared aspects of the performances of Donne's prose letters, as well as the ways their strategies may be considered typical (of Donne), and describes his letters as remarkable, since they regard both the immediacy and frequency with which they refer to the materiality of language and of letters. This betrays a considerable awareness of modern debates on letter writing. The chapter also focuses on the ways Donne tries to gain secular favour through letters, which are filled with religious concepts.

Keywords: shared aspects; performances; prose letters; materiality; language; letter writing; modern debates; secular favour; religious concepts

Chapter.  16310 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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