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John Donne's Performances – Sermons, Poems, Letters and Devotions - Manchester Scholarship Online
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John Donne's Performances: Sermons, Poems, Letters and Devotions

Margret Fetzer


Ever since their rediscovery in the 1920s, John Donne's writings have been praised for their energy, vigour and drama – yet so far, no attempt has been made to approach and systematically define these major characteristics of his work. Drawing on J. L. Austin's speech act theory, this comparative reading of Donne's poetry and prose eschews questions of personal or religious sincerity, and instead recreates an image of Donne as a man of many performances. No matter if engaged in the writing of a sermon or a piece of erotic poetry, Donne placed enormous trust in what words could do. Questions as ... More

Keywords: John Donne, J. L. Austin, speech act theory, sermon, erotic poetry, early modern period, linguistic performativity, patronage seeking, Devotions, performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719083440
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margret Fetzer, author