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  1. January 2022 – John Donne, Poet and Priest (born 1572) - by Angelika Zirker While much was made of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth (in 2014), John Donne’s 450th birthday remains a little in the shadows. And yet Shakespeare’s near-contemporary is one of the major poets of the period, and one of the most prominent metaphysical poets at that. John Donne was born on January 21, 1572, in London, son to Elizabeth and John. His family background on the father’s side was not particularly exiting: John Donne (the elder) was an ironmonger and a Roman Catholic. His mother, however, was daughter to one of the most prominent late Tudor… Continue Reading
  2. Arthur F. Kinney (1933-2021) - With great sadness, we have learned that Arthur Kinney passed away on 25 December 2021. He was one of the founding members of Connotations and has been a key figure in making it flourish. For three decades, Arthur Kinney has strengthened our journal and society by his unflagging energy, his critical interventions, his active participation in many of our symposia, his contributions to Connotations, and, last but not least, by his friendship and his humour. Connotations is proud of having published several of his articles and responses in Renaissance studies and Faulkner criticism, which are listed below. Angelika Zirker, Burkhard… Continue Reading
  3. December 2021: “The Music of Erich Zann” (1921) by H.P. Lovecraft - by Curtis Runstedler The last anniversary of the year is H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Music of Erich Zann”. It is one of H. P. Lovecraft’s favourite short stories, and we are celebrating the centenary of its writing; the text actually came out in 1922 but Lovecraft wrote it in December 1921. So, a hundred years of Lovecraft – here’s to many more!     The story is in the public domain at this link.   This is from the end of the text, its climax: Louder and louder, wilder and wilder, mounted the shrieking and whining of that desperate viol.… Continue Reading
  4. The Literary Advent Calendar 2021 is here - As is tradition at Connotations, we are once again happy to host the Literary Advent Calendar 2021 for the English department of Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. And what better way to prepare for the festive season of gift-giving than to turn to literature's abundance of reflections on - or representations of - the act of giving?  Starting on 1 December, every day brings a little seasonal cheer in the form of a literary soundbite on the topic of giving, selected and read by students and staff - just click on the little Santa to the right and start opening the… Continue Reading