9781137308337

A Cognitive Approach to John Donne's Songs and Sonnets

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    9781137308337

  • ISBN10:

    1137308338

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-04-04
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Investigations into how the brain actually works have led to remarkable discoveries of late, and these findings carry profound implications for interpreting literature. This study applies recent breakthroughs from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology in order to deepen our understanding of John Donne's Songs and Sonnets.

Author Biography

Michael A. Winkelman has a BA in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College, USA and a PhD in Renaissance English Literature from the Claremont Graduate University, USA. He is the author of Marriage Relationships in Tudor Political Drama and several articles on early modern literature.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: 'Love Sometimes Would Contemplate, Sometimes Do'
2. 'My Verse, the Strict Map of my Misery': Of Metaphors and Mindscapes
3. The Composing of 'A Jeat Ring sent'; or Donne as Thinker and Imaginator
4. 'A Lecture, Love, in loves philosophy': Donne's Illuminating Anatomizations
5. 'John Donne, Anne Donne, Vn-done'? A Biocultural Reassessment of Their Scandalous Marriage
6. 'Firme substantial love': Donne's Penetrating Observations
7. 'The Very Ecstasy of Love': Prescriptions for Bliss in Irvine Welsh and John Donne
8. Sighs and Tears: Biological Costly Signals and Donne's 'whining Poëtry'
9. 'Verse that drawes Natures workes, from Natures law'; or, Prolegomenon to a Darwinian Defence of Literature
10. Conclusion: Why Cognitive Science Matters Now

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