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45. Spenser, Donne, and the Work of Poetry

Thursday, 5 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 619, WSCC

Program arranged by the International Spenser Society and the John Donne Society

Presiding: Sean H. McDowell, Seattle Univ.

Speakers: Judith H. Anderson, Indiana Univ., Bloomington; Theresa Maria DiPasquale, Whitman Coll.; Heather Dubrow, Fordham Univ.; Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard Coll.; Melissa E. Sanchez, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Session Description:

A conversation about the poetic relations between Edmund Spenser and John Donne. The focus will be on comparing the poets' attitudes toward the work of poetic making and the shaping of poetic fictions to structure knowledge, perception, and experience; their transformations of inherited poetic genres and poetic traditions; and their understanding of the moral or reformative work of poetry.


  • British Literature – Renaissance and Elizabethan

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