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  1. The CfP for the 17th International Connotations Symposium is online! - The 17th International Connotations Symposium (July 30 - August 3, 2023) will investigate "Textual Reasons for Canonicity." Texts become canonical when they are felt to embody the spirit of an age or to voice concerns considered universal at a particular moment. But what about the texts themselves? Can any text become canonical in any way? Or are there specific textual reasons for such an elevated status? This latter question is what the symposium wishes to address. It will focus on areas such as strategies of self-authorization, choice of subject matter, formal, rhetorical, and aesthetic features of a work, as well as methodological… Continue Reading
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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