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John Donne's Articulations of the Feminine$
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H. L. Meakin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184553.001.0001

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John Donne's Articulations of the Feminine

H. L. Meakin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines John Donne's articulations of the maternal feminine or ‘woman-for-man’ in some of his writings on marriage. It analyses Donne's references to verse twenty-four of the second chapter of the Book of Genesis in his sermons related to marriage and to verse eighteen in his wedding sermon. It attempts to explain who Donne constructed the feminine as in his interpretation of the creation of the first woman as the Mother of All Living and in his representation of the subsequent transformation and engendering of Eve's daughters.

Keywords:   John Donne, maternal feminine, woman-for-man, marriage, Book of Genesis

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