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Donne's AugustineRenaissance Cultures of Interpretation$
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Katrin Ettenhuber

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609109

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609109.001.0001

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How Donne Read Augustine

How Donne Read Augustine

(p.23) 1 How Donne Read Augustine
Donne's Augustine

Katrin Ettenhuber

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the first sustained study of Donne's reading and his scholarly methods, through paying detailed attention to his use of Saint Augustine's works. The chapter situates Donne's approach to Augustine in the context of Renaissance patristic scholarship and demonstrates the breadth and range of Donne's Augustinian reading. The chapter focuses on Donne's patristic sources: how many (and which) of Augustine's works he cited; whether Donne consulted the original Augustinian texts or intermediary sources, and how he dealt with these different types of patristic recourse. A survey is provided of the patristic editions that were available to divines in the early modern period, concentrating on the three sixteenth-century editions of Augustine's Works. The chapter then turns to Donne's philosophy of quotation, explaining his scholarly protocols, and the moral and theological thought which underpins them.

Keywords:   history of Donne scholarship, intertextuality, scholarship in the Renaissance, history of citation, history of the book

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