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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 sums up the key findings of this study on John Donne's articulation of the feminine in his prose and poetry. It suggests that Donne is more than the masculine monolith which has been part of the almost casual observance in criticism of his prose and poetry. It argues that there are valid grounds for extending Donne's reputation for originality and iconoclasm to his construction of gender. This is particularly true in his exploration of lesbian love and the fluidity of gender boundaries in his poems and early verse letters.

Keywords:   John Donne, feminine, prose, poetry, gender boundaries, lesbian love

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