John Donne's writing is provocatively illuminated in this new collection of essays. The recently influential critical methods of historicism, feminism, psychoanalysis and deconstruction are variously employed to explore the adventure of Donne's generically versatile writing. New theoretical approaches do not dominate the volume, however. Older forms of criticism are revisited, so that the old and the new may illuminate and interrogate each other. The introduction identifies some of the key differences between old and new versions of literary criticism, and offers insights into Donne on the basis of their contrasting locations/dislocations of the literary.
Andrew Mousley—John Donne