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Biathanatos

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Biathanatos transcribed and edited for modern readers by William A. Clebsch.
Paperback, 241 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Presses Universitaires de France - PUF (first published 1608)
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kaelan
Jan 21, 2014 kaelan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Donne's BIAΘANATOΣ is a strange text. On the surface, it purports to defend "that paradox or thesis that self-homicide is not so naturally sin that it may never be otherwise." Yet the apparent seriousness of the work—evinced by such factors as its length, its citational (over-)scrupulousness, etc.—is offset by Donne's frequent forays into satire, (dark) humour and sophistry. Did Donne intend for it to be read in earnest? Is it an elaborate spoof on the scholastic treatise? Such questions ha ...more
Paolo D'Amelio
Sep 23, 2015 Paolo D'Amelio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il Biathanatos è sicuramente un'opera che mi sento di consigliare... Avverto però che la veste dell'opera è tecnica e va ad inscriversi nell'ambito delle controversie teologiche (di cui Donne era esperto)... Eppure la grandezza di questo scritto sta nello scavalcare gli steccati di genere e nell'essere una grande riflessione su cosa sia la legge e quale sia lo spazio lasciato alla libertà umana... Mi sembra che Donne abbia voluto individuare le aporie della legislazione (civile e canonica) per ...more
Robert
Apr 20, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a particularly jovial day, read Donne's Biathanatos alongside Blanchot's The Space of Literature.
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John Donne was an English poet, preacher and a major representative of the metaphysical poets of the period. His works are notable for their realistic and sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially as compared to that of ...more
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