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David Marno

Assistant Professor
C45 Hearst Field Annex
MF 2-4 at Blue Door Cafe (2244 Bancroft) and by appointment

Professional Statement

I am fascinated with the Renaissance as a transitional period in which old epistemic unities are broken up into new, distinct endeavors of knowledge and practice. My research investigates how authors effected or experienced these changes. I am especially interested in how religious ideals and practices participate in the transformations of the period – how they at times fuel, and at times resist secularization. In my current research I concentrate on the intersection between literature and religious practice, in particular on the relationship between prayer, meditation, spiritual exercises and poetry. I have published on religious and secular concepts of attention, on apocalypse as a literary and political figure, and on philosophy of history and comparative literature. Currently I am completing a book manuscript on John Donne’s Holy Sonnets and the idea of “holy attention.” 


Recent English Courses Taught