With over fifty newly commissioned essays from leading international scholars, The Oxford Handbook of John Donne links past scholarship with current and future re-definitions to provide a distinctive response to Donne and the significance of his work, and forms an essential contribution to early modern studies.
- Contributing scholars comprise many of the best established scholars in the field as well as emerging new scholars
- Paired insights of literary scholars and historians to establish biographical and historical contexts
- Focus on tools for Donne studies (practical, theoretical, conceptual)
- Comprehensive treatment of every genre in which Donne wrote
About the Author(s)
Edited by Jeanne Shami, Professor of English,, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Dennis Flynn, Professor of English, Bentley University, and M. Thomas Hester, Professor of English, North Carolina State University
Jeanne Shami is Professor of English at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, where she has taught since 1977. In 1992, she discovered a manuscript of a John Donne sermon corrected in his hand. She published a parallel-text edition of this sermon in 1996 (John Donne's 1622 Gunpowder Plot Sermon: A Parallel-Text Edition). Shami is the author of John
Donne and Conformity in Crisis in the Late Jacobean Pulpit (D.S. Brewer, 2003) and Renaissance Tropologies: The Cultural Imagination of Early Modern England (Duquesne University Press, 2008). She is past president of the John Donne Society (2002-03) and has won its award for distinguished publication three times (1996, 2000, 2003).
Dennis Flynn is Professor of English at Bentley University and a past president of the John Donne Society. He has published numerous review and articles in Donne studies; authored John Donne and the Ancient Catholic Nobility; and co-edited three volumes in the ongoing Donne Variorum project as well as John Donne's Marriage Letters at The Folger Shakespeare Library.
M. Thomas Hester is Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at North Carolina State University and the author/editor of numerous books and articles on Renaissance literature—-most recently, Donne's Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library (with Dennis Flynn and Robert P. Sorlien) and Talking Renaissance Texts: Essays on the Humanist Tradition (with Jeffrey Kahan). At present he is an editor of The Oxford Edition of the Prose Letters of Donne, with Dennis Flynn and Ernest W. Sullivan, II. He is also Editor of The John Donne Journal.
"a fine resource." - Freyja Cox Jensen, Cercles
"It is hard to think of a compilation of fifty original essays containing more concentrated scholarship than these do." - Robert Fraser, Times Literary Supplement
"this collection of articles offers an introduction to the field of Donne studies that would be difficult to equal elsewhere." - Ruth Mills Robbins, Comitatus
"it is impossible to over-praise the ingenuity of Shami, Flynn, and Hester's organizational plan ... The end result is, mirabile dictu, as deft and accessible a compendium of the best of current scholarly thinking about Donne as one could hope to find assembled between two covers. It proves as extraordinary a record of Donne scholarship at what is possibly the peak of its most vital era ... I'm delighted by how firm a purchase of Donne this Handbook allows." - Raymond-Jean Frontain, Spenser Review