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Donne's Augustine: Renaissance Cultures of Interpretation

Katrin Ettenhuber


The poet and preacher John Donne (1572–1631) was one of the most influential authors of early modern England. This book examines his response to an iconic figure in the history of Western religious thought: Saint Augustine of Hippo (354–430). This book argues that Renaissance culture saw not only a revival of the classics, but was equally indebted to the intellectual and literary legacy of the Church Fathers. The study recovers an Augustinian tradition of interpretation which permeated the religious world of the period, but which has until now been largely overlooked. It presents a comprehensi ... More

Keywords: John Donne, reading practices, Saint Augustiine of Hippo, Renaissance culture, poems, Civil War, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609109
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katrin Ettenhuber, author
Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of English