A revisionist interpretation of Donne's career, which makes a polemical case for studying the full range of his writings.
During his life, John Donne occupied a range of professional positions, in all of which he produced writings considered by his contemporaries to be worthy of interest, collection and annotation. Donne's lifetime also coincided with the period during which the notion of the profession became increasingly significant. This volume makes a strong argument for the importance of Donne's professional writings to our understanding of his oeuvre and of the culture of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. Studying in depth his remarkable use of a wide range of terms and even whole vocabularies - legal, theological, and medical, among others - it shows how Donne moulded his identity as a professional intellectual with the languages that were at hand. A tightly focussed series of essays by scholars of international reputation and younger experts in the field, John Donne's Professional Lives contains new discoveries and fresh interpretations. It offers a revisionist interpretation of Donne's career and makes a polemical case for studying the full range of his writings.Contributors: JAMES CANNON, DAVID CUNNINGTON, LOUIS A. KNAFLA, PETER MCCULLOUGH, JESSICA MARTIN, JEREMY MAULE, MARY MORRISSEY, STEPHEN PENDER, JEANNE SHAMI, ALISON SHELL, JOHANN P. SOMMERVILLE.DAVID COLCLOUGH is a lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London.
Introduction - David ColcloughDonne and the words of the law - Jeremy MauleMr Secretary Donne: the years with Sir Thomas Egerton - Louis A KnaflaJohn Donne the controversialist: the poet as political thinker - Johann P SommervilleThe profession of friendship in Donne's amatory verse letters - David CunningtonDonne and Sir Edward Hoby: Evidence for an unrecorded collaboration - Alison ShellLabels, controversy, and the language of inclusion in Donne's Sermons - Jeanne ShamiDonne as a conventional Paul's Cross preacher - Mary MorrisseyDonne as preacher at Court: precarious 'Inthronization' - Peter McCulloughReverent Donne: The Double Quickening of Lincoln's Inn Chapel - James CannonEssaying the Body: Donne, affliction, and medicine - Stephen PenderIzaak Walton and the 'Re-inanimation' of Dr Donne - Jessica Martin