Manifold Witness: John Donne’s Internally Layered Texts and the Theoretical Value of Patristic Theology

Speaker:

Steven Adam, Nanyang Technological University

This panel investigates a particular textual phenomenon in John Donne’s  “Hymn to God my God, in my Sickness”, in which the poem invokes several “texts” that not only mutually refer to each but also act on each other in non-descriptive terms.  It considers the applicability and limitations of several prominent contemporary theories from linguistics, semiotics, and literary theory to account for and explain these textual dynamics.  It furthermore draws on theoretical insights from Christian patristic theology and Thomistic philosophy and raises the question of the theoretical potential of these approaches in other works.

Thursday 6th July, 11.00