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Gothic RenaissanceA reassessment$
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Elisabeth Bronfen and Beate Neumeier

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088636

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088636.001.0001

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Bright hair and brittle bones – Gothic affinities in metaphysical poetry

Bright hair and brittle bones – Gothic affinities in metaphysical poetry

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(p.152) 8 Bright hair and brittle bones – Gothic affinities in metaphysical poetry
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Gothic Renaissance
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Ulrike Zimmermann

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088636.003.0009

Ulrike Zimmermann marks the link between death and desire (in religious and sexual terms) as one of the key features of ‘Gothic affinities in metaphysical poetry’. Her reading of Donne’s poetry foregrounds the proto-Gothic mode as a way to deal critically with historical and cultural heritage, particularly with Petrarchan love poetry via assimilation, parody, and distortion through notions of excess and literalization, as in ‘The Dampe’, where the speaker’s deadly female lover is scrutinised with medical expertise.

Keywords:   metaphysical poetry, John Donne, death and desire, literalisation

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