Welcome to the website of the research project Space, Place and Image in the Poetry and Prose of John Donne (Université de Lausanne, 2014-2017)

The present research project studies 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 occurring during his lifetime. Considering the ways spaces, places and images have been renegotiated during the early modern period – in particular in astronomy, cartography, post-Reformation devotions and artistic practices – we will argue that Donne’s work both reflects these spatial reorganisations and engages intellectually and poetically with questions related to space and the visual arts.

In addition to the completion of a monograph and two doctoral dissertations, we will organise a conference on the broader theme of Space, Place and Image in Early Modern English Literature in Spring 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The papers presented there will be considered for publication in a collection of essays edited by the project’s team.

The project is funded by the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation).