Form and Spiritual Content in the Poetry of George Herbert and Henry Vaughan: A Response to Jonathan Nauman Robert Wilcher Published in Connotations Vol. 29 (2020) Abstract Jonathan Nauman makes a fine job of demonstrating how Herbert sought to express the operation of divine grace in poetry by integrating meaning […]
Milton’s Consistency: An Answer to Jason Kerr Filippo Falcone Published in Connotations Vol. 29 (2020) Abstract In his “Shifting Perspectives on Law in De Doctrina Christiana: A Response to Filippo Falcone,” Jason Kerr makes a convincing case for De Doctrina Christiana as in itself dynamic and discontinuous as the expression […]
The response paper challenges Frederick Kiefer’s argument that the euphuistic quality of Hamlet’s “What a piece of work is a man“-speech is not as euphuistic as Kiefer claims and that the ambiguity of the speech is less related to its presumed euphuistic nature but rather to Hamlet’s use of irony throughout the play.
The Praise of Cosmopolitanism: The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville Daniel Thomières Published in Connotations Vol. 29 (2020) Abstract This essay is an attempt at reconstructing the logic underlying The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville. Its main focus will be on the function of the Cosmopolitan who represents a key dimension which […]
Annotation as an Embedded Textual Practice: Analysing Explanatory Notes in Three Editions of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Lena Linne and Burkhard Niederhoff Published in Connotations Vol. 29 (2020) Abstract The present article has two parts. The first part (sections 2 to 5) compares and reviews the explanatory notes in […]
Anita Gilman Sherman responds to the debate on “Close Reading Donne” by situating a poetics of place and “truth-spots” at work in Donne’s reception within commercial and political interests as well as aesthetic and sensory factors.
Faber’s science fiction novel Under the Skin is an extreme example of our willingness to ‘forgive and forget’ even the worst atrocities. This paper explores the literary strategies that influence our responses to the monstrous behaviour of the novel’s extra-terrestrial protagonist, as well as the cognitive mechanisms that may be involved in our momentary acceptance of the inhuman non-human.
Wordsworth & the Sonnet as Epic Prelude: A Response to Stephen Fallon and Henry Weinfield Brian Bates Published in Connotations Vol. 28 (2019) Abstract Brian Bates’s response to Stephen Fallon’s and Henry Weinfield’s debate on authorial influence from Shakespeare to Milton and on to Wordsworth (published in Connotations 26) “builds […]
David V. Urban’s essay discusses C. S. Lewis’s influential and controversial chapter, within A Preface to “Paradise Lost” (1942), on Milton’s Satan.
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Read by Leonie Kirchhoff, Miriam Lahrsow, and Susanne Riecker
When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
Read by Sophie Franklin
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
From Henry V by William Shakespeare
Read by Annika Zacharias
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother;
From Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Read by Vera Yakupova
With those words, the old lady very gently placed Oliver\’s head upon the pillow and, smoothing back his hair from his forehead, looked up so kindly and lovingly in his face that he could not help placing his little withered hand in hers, and drawing it round his neck.