John Lyly and the Most Misread Speech in Shakespeare Frederick Kiefer Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) Abstract Hamlet’s “What a piece of work is a man” speech has inspired disparate assessments. E. M. W. Tillyard and his followers saw it as a précis of Elizabethan attitudes. These days Shakespeareans […]
The Emergent Environmental Humanities: Engineering the Social Imaginary Chad Weidner, Rosi Braidotti and Goda Klumbyte Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) Abstract If the Environmental Humanities (EH) matter, an essential concern is whether we can speak of the possibility of a philosopher of literary and ecological identity. This paper discusses […]
Taking into account the epitaph as it appears in the twenty-first-century cathedral and as it appears in seventeenth-century illustrations of the original plaque, Theresa M. DiPasquale’s essay explicates both texts in some detail while also confronting issues of material culture raised in the work of Walter Benjamin and borne out in the author’s experience of St. Paul’s. The essay concludes with a blend of close-reading and affective response to the epitaph, to the famous marble statue that stands beneath it, and to Donne’s monument as a whole within its current architectural context.
Community and Conflict: A Practitioner’s Perspective on Verse Drama Richard O’ Brien Published in Connotations Vol. 27 (2018) Abstract When I started writing plays in iambic pentameter, my self-interrogations inevitably returned to questions of politics, ethics and power. There has undeniably been a historical association between verse drama and elitism. […]
Irreconcilable (Dis)continuity: De Doctrina Christiana and Milton19) Filippo Falcone Published in Connotations Vol. 27 (2018) Abstract The vast majority of Milton scholars today holds to Milton’s authorship of the seventeenth-century Latin treatise of divinity known as De Doctrina Christiana. This conviction has hardly been shaken since the publication of Campbell, […]
Why Does Jig Smile? Readings of “Hills Like White Elephants” Daniel Avitzour Published in Connotations Vol. 27 (2018) Abstract The ending of Hemingway’s 1927 story, “Hills Like White Elephants” was interpreted for decades in one way: the female protagonist surrenders to her partner’s wishes that she undergo abortion. Around 1980, […]
“[M]emories and similes laid side by side”: The Paratactic Poetics of Alice Oswald’s Memorial70) Lena Linne and Burkhard Niederhoff Published in Connotations Vol. 27 (2018) Abstract Alice Oswald’s Memorial (2011) is an adaptation of the Iliad that leaves out the narrative passages and the speeches made by the characters. What […]
Self-Imposed Fetters: The Productivity of Formal and Thematic Restrictions Matthias Bauer Published in Connotations Vol. 27 (2018) Abstract From July 30 to August 3, 2017, the 14th International Connotations Symposium took place at Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany. Its topic, “Self-Imposed Fetters: The Productivity of Formal and Thematic Restrictions,” […]