Herbert presents the demands and results of poetic form as part of his poetic depiction of human collaboration with the divine, while Vaughan adopts similar formal constraints as an exercise of imitatio, enabling a voice of visionary union between God and the poet.
1943 William Harmon Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) I read the book that says “1943” and am persuaded. Then I read a decapitating review that says “not 1943” and am confused. Then I read a denigrating reply to the review that says “1943” and am dismayed but reassured. A […]
“You Are Black Inside”: Class, Race, and Sexuality in John Gray’s Park Edward Lobb Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) Abstract John Gray (1866-1934) was a fin-de-siècle poet who moved briefly in the Wilde circle and was one of the models for Wilde’s Dorian Gray. Gray cut all ties with […]
Revisiting the Aesopic Race in the Late Twentieth Century: New Facets of Speed in Vikram Seth’s “The Hare and The Tortoise” Bircan Nizamoğlu Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) Abstract Vikram Seth’s “The Hare and The Tortoise” (1991) is a comic rewriting of Aesop’s age-old fable. Seth answers the question […]
More Context and Less: A Response to Lena Linne and Burkhard Niederhoff Carolin Hahnemann Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) Abstract In her response to Lena Linne and Burkhard Niederhoff’s article on Alice Oswald’s poem “Memorial,” Carolin Hahnemann addresses how a wider understanding of recontextualization in relation to the poem’s […]
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.