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Space, place and image in the poetry and prose of John Donne

Gesuchsteller/in Stirling Kirsten
Nummer 149215
Förderungsinstrument Projektförderung (Abt. I-III)
Forschungseinrichtung Section d'anglais Faculté des lettres Université de Lausanne
Hochschule Universität Lausanne - LA
Hauptdisziplin Schwerpunkt Germanistik und Anglistik
Beginn/Ende 01.03.2014 - 31.05.2018
Bewilligter Betrag 443'595.00
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Keywords (9)

John Donne; geography; poetry; Reformation; visual arts; space; sermons; cosmology; Renaissance

Lay Summary (Französisch)

Lead
John Donne (1572-1631) était un célèbre poète, satiriste, avocat et homme d’église anglais. La variété et la richesse de ses écrits, tant en poésie qu’en prose, offrent la possibilité d’analyser de façon approfondie sa représentation et sa recréation des transformations spatiales de son époque à différents niveaux, notamment artistique, socio-culturel et historique.
Lay summary

Contenu et objectifs du travail de recherche

 

La période de la Renaissance, notamment le siècle précédant John Donne, auteur central de ce projet FNS, est une période historique ayant connu des avancées spectaculaires dans de nombreux domaines. Parmi les plus pertinentes pour le projet figurent la découverte des Amériques et les colonies européennes qui s’en sont suivies, ainsi que les découvertes astronomiques de Kepler et Galilée qui démontrèrent que le cosmos était bien plus étendu que ce qui avait été imaginé. Ceci souleva d’importantes questions théologiques et ontologiques liées à la place de l’homme dans l’univers.

 

De plus, la Réforme participa de manière essentielle à la carte confessionnelle de l’Europe, carte qui se modelait au gré des alliances et des hostilités. La Réforme a également eu des implications quant à la façon d’adorer Dieu, particulièrement visible dans la réorganisation intérieure des églises et dans l’animosité que les Protestants manifestaient envers les arts visuels. Tous ces changements spatiaux ont énormément influencé l’œuvre de John Donne.

 

Contexte scientifique et social du projet de recherche

 

Avec son approche certes littéraire, mais également artistique, historique et socio-culturelle, ce projet vise donc à explorer les façons dont ces changements de perception de l’espace, tant au niveau macrocosmique que microcosmique, sont reflétés et traités dans toute l’œuvre de John Donne. Les différents axes explorés dans ce projet seront premièrement les parallèles entre la poésie dévotionnelle de l’auteur et la peinture religieuse de son époque. Deuxièmement, les perceptions de l’espace privé et de l’espace public seront abordées par l’étude de sa poésie amoureuse et de ses satires. Finalement, le rapport entre l’espace terrestre, céleste et la conception de Dieu sera étudié à travers sa poésie religieuse et ses sermons.

 

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Verantw. Gesuchsteller/in und weitere Gesuchstellende

Mitarbeitende

Publikationen

Publikation
'Where there is a frequent preaching, there is no necessity of pictures': The Fluid Images of John Donne's Preaching as Substitutes for Visual Representations
Pernet Sonia (2017), 'Where there is a frequent preaching, there is no necessity of pictures': The Fluid Images of John Donne's Preaching as Substitutes for Visual Representations, in Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature, 34, 143-156.
‘Love, let me Some senseless piece of this place be’: landscape, body, and the ‘creature of place’ in Donne’s Songs and Sonnets
Hegedüs Kader N. (2016), ‘Love, let me Some senseless piece of this place be’: landscape, body, and the ‘creature of place’ in Donne’s Songs and Sonnets, in English, 65(251), 295-309.

Wissenschaftliche Veranstaltungen

Aktiver Beitrag

Titel Art des Beitrags Titel des Artikels oder Beitrages Datum Ort Beteiligte Personen
Lady Bedford, Patronage, and the Poetics of Gardens”, 8th Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 'A thick, close bud display’: Lady Bedford, Patronage, and the Poetics of Gardens 04.07.2018 University of Sheffield, Grossbritannien und Nordirland Hegedüs Kader;
John Donne Society Annual Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung “Donne’s ‘Satyre 1’ and the Topography of Early Modern London” 27.06.2018 Lausanne, Schweiz Hegedüs Kader;
Renaissance Society of America Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung “A scant map of this”: John Donne and the (Un)mapping of the Reformation 23.03.2018 New Orleans, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Hegedüs Kader;
Renaissance Society of America Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung "As a picture looks upon him, that looks upon it": Cusanus in Donne's Sermons 22.03.2018 New Orleans, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Stirling Kirsten;
Medieval and Early Modern Spaces and Places Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung John Donne and the (un)Mapping of the Reformation 23.02.2018 Open University, Milton Keynes, Grossbritannien und Nordirland Hegedüs Kader;
CUSO Doctoral Workshop on Literature & Knowledge in Early Modern England Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung Space 18.11.2017 University of Lausanne, Schweiz Hegedüs Kader;
Space, Place and Image in Early Modern English Literature Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 'A thick, close bud display’: Lady Bedford, Patronage, and the Poetics of Gardens 13.05.2017 University of Lausanne, Schweiz Hegedüs Kader;
Swiss Association of University Teachers of English Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung Spacing Change and Changing Spaces: Reformation and the Early Modern City in the Poetry of John Donne 28.04.2017 University of Neuchâtel, Schweiz Hegedüs Kader;
English Department Research Seminar Series, University of Lausanne Einzelvortrag John Donne's 'Satyre 1' and the Topography of Early Modern London 12.04.2017 University of Lausanne, Schweiz Hegedüs Kader;
John Donne Society Annual Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung “Accessing God through Memory: Preaching and the Senses in Donne’s Sermons” 16.02.2017 Baton Rouge, LA, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Pernet Sonia;
John Donne Society Annual Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung “Donne’s Ocular Manoeuvres in the Dark” 16.02.2017 Baton Rouge Louisiana, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Stirling Kirsten;
Newberry Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung John Donne and the Sacred Spaces of Post-Reformation England 27.01.2017 Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, Chicago, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Hegedüs Kader;
Guest lecture Einzelvortrag ‘John Donne’s “The Crosse” and the via negativa,’ 04.11.2016 University of Zürich, Schweiz Stirling Kirsten;
Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung ‘“John Donne’s “The Crosse” and the via negativa” 10.09.2016 University of Zürich, Schweiz Stirling Kirsten;
Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung John Donne's Preaching as a Substitute for Visual Images 10.09.2016 University of Zürich, Schweiz Pernet Sonia;
CUSO Doctoral Workshop: How to write a life in early Modern England Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung ‘“Pictures of the Life”: John Donne read through his portraits,’ 30.04.2016 University of Fribourg, Schweiz Stirling Kirsten;
Renaissance Society of America Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung ‘Like pictures, or like books”: John Donne, Nicholas Hilliard, and the Politics of Representation,’ 31.03.2016 Boston, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Stirling Kirsten;
John Donne Society Annual Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung “‘Love, let me Some senseless piece of this place be’: transformative landscape, body, and the ‘creature of place’ in the Songs and Sonnets” 18.02.2016 Baton Rouge LA, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Hegedüs Kader;
Centre for Reformation and Early Modern History research seminar series Einzelvortrag “Fertile Waters: ‘Gods Conversation with Man’ in the Preaching of Donne” 13.01.2016 University of Birmingham, Grossbritannien und Nordirland Pernet Sonia;
CUSO Interdisciplinary Doctoral Workshop on Text & Image Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung A Representational Compromise: Cartography and Donne's Spatial Approach to Poetry 02.06.2015 University of Lausanne, Schweiz Hegedüs Kader;
CUSO Doctoral Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Studies Einzelvortrag Presentation of the FNS Project ‘Space, Place and Image in the Poetry and Prose of John Donne’ 20.05.2015 University of Geneva, Schweiz Pernet Sonia; Hegedüs Kader; Stirling Kirsten;
Guest lecture Einzelvortrag ‘Taking Donne’s Picture.’ 08.05.2015 University of Bern, Schweiz Stirling Kirsten;
Renaissance Society of America Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung Images of Water and Verticality in Donne’s Whitsunday Sermons 28.03.2015 Berlin, Deutschland Pernet Sonia;
Renaissance Society of America Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung “Crosse your joy in crosses”: John Donne and Luther’s Theology of the Cross 28.03.2015 Berlin, Deutschland Stirling Kirsten;
Renaissance Society of America Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung A Representational Compromise: Cartography, Astronomy, and Donne’s Spatial Approach to Poetry 28.03.2015 Berlin, Deutschland Hegedüs Kader;
Reconsidering Donne Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung Donne's 'Production of Space': A Lefebvrian approach to the Songs and Sonnets 24.03.2015 Lincoln College, Oxford, Grossbritannien und Nordirland Hegedüs Kader;
John Donne Society Annual Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung “Fertile Waters: ‘Gods Conversation with Man’ in the Preaching of Donne” 26.02.2015 Baton Rouge, LA, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Pernet Sonia;
John Donne Society Annual Conference Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung “Taking Donne’s Picture” 26.02.2015 Baton Rouge, LA, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Stirling Kirsten;


Selber organisiert

Titel Datum Ort
John Donne Society Annual Conference 27.06.2018 University of Lausanne, Schweiz

Kommunikation mit der Öffentlichkeit

Kommunikation Titel Medien Ort Jahr
Print (Buch, Brochuren, Infoblätter) ‘License my roving hands’: Renaissance cartography and the poetry of John Donne International 2018

Auszeichnungen

Titel Jahr
John R. Roberts Award for Best Essay by a Graduate Student (John Donne Society Conference) 2016
John R. Roberts Award for Best Essay by a Graduate Student (John Donne Society Conference) 2015

Verbundene Projekte

Nummer Titel Start Förderungsinstrument
173723 Space, Place and Image in Early Modern English Literature 01.05.2017 Wissenschaftliche Tagungen

Abstract

The present research project will study the poetry and prose of John Donne (1572-1631) in order to provide a thorough analysis of his representation and recreation of the spatial changes of his period. Not only did the known world expand dramatically in the hundred years preceding Donne’s period with the discovery of the Americas and subsequent European colonial expansion, but the discoveries of Kepler and Galileo meant that the known universe too had expanded, which raised theological and ontological questions regarding the place of man in the cosmos. On the level of church government, the Reformation led to a shift in alliances and enmities that restructured the map of Europe. The Reformation also had spatial implications for church worship, both in the reorganisation of church interiors and in emerging Protestant hostility towards the visual arts. Yet this is a period which also sees major changes regarding the way space is represented, with knowledge about developments in the visual arts in Italy, such as the introduction of one-point perspective, gradually reaching England during Donne’s lifetime. Similarly, scientific innovations in cartography in the fifteenth century, combined with the invention of the printing press, meant that the newly expanding world was documented more accurately than ever before. Donne’s period thus witnessed major changes in the spatial conception of the material and political world, as well as significant changes in how space was recorded, both cartographically and aesthetically. This project investigates the ways in which such macro- and micro-cosmic changes in the perception of space are reflected and recreated in John Donne’s poetry and prose. The multiple spheres in which Donne operated during his lifetime (scholar, lover, diplomat, preacher) meant that he was implicated in many of the changes outlined above. The different strands of this project combine together into a sustained argument that not only does John Donne represent changes in society and his concerns about them in spatial terms, but that there is also a spatial structure to his writing which encodes and remakes the developing material spaces of the society in which he lived. The methodology of the project thus involves both a historical contextualisation of Donne’s spatial references, and an in-depth close analysis of the structures of his texts. The project has three key strands: one PhD thesis investigating public and private spaces in Donne’s secular poetry (Songs and Sonnets, Elegies and Satires); a second doctoral thesis dealing with the problematisation of space in his religious poetry and prose sermons; and a book-length study by the principal applicant of the relationship of Donne’s poetry to changes in the visual arts of the period. Together, these three projects will provide a comprehensive survey of Donne’s work in the context of the spatial reorganization of his period, and will argue that his work both reflects that spatial reorganization and engages intellectually and poetically with questions related to space and the visual arts.
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