John Donne and the Protestant Reformation
Contributions by Daniel W. Doerksen, Jeanne Shami, Jeffrey Johnson, Raymond-Jean Frontain, Paul R. Sellin, Catherine Gimelli Martin, Chanita Goodblatt, Brent Nelson, Elena Levy-Navarro, Annette Deschner, Maria Salenius, Gale H. Carrithers, Jr. and James D. Hardy, Jr.
The collection includes thirteen essays that together place Donne broadly in the context of English and European traditions and explore his divine poetry, his prose work, the Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, and his sermons. It becomes clear that in adopting the values of the Reformation, Donne does not completely reject everything from his Catholic background. Rather, the clash of religion erupts in his work in both moving and disconcerting ways. This collection offers a fresh understanding of Donne's hard-won irenicism, which he achieved at great personal and professional risk.
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"John Donne and the Protestant Reformation is timely, richly varied, and always learned. The book includes an impressive gathering of internationally known scholars who, reading Donne's life, poetry, sermons, and prose, enable us to better understand both the vexing features of religious controversy in the early modern era and Donne's particular relationship to it."—Paul A. Parrish
"Mary Papazian has assembled a collection that has a forceful overarching perspective: these essays will prompt us to explore the astonishing fact that, in his maturity, Donne entered the public sphere by attuning his richly skeptical and fertile mind to the resources made available within early Protestantism."—Dayton Haskin
"This very substantial, scrupulously edited, and attractively produced volume includes thirteen essays by several hands-thirteen ways of visiting John Donne (1572-1631), his religious faith and work. This volume eminently succeeds in fulfilling its purpose."—Christianity and Literature