David Marno

David Marno

Associate Professor
Wheeler Hall, room 419
By appointment
marno@berkeley.edu


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 and 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. Much of my work concentrates 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. My first book Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention (Chicago, 2016) reads John Donne's Holy Sonnets as a site where the bonds between premodern devotional, literary, and philosophical investments in attentiveness become visible. The question of when and why prayer requires attentiveness has led me to my current project, which focuses on prayer in the aftermath of the Reformation. 

 

 



Specialties

Books

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Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention
The seventeenth-century French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche thought that philosophy could learn a valuable lesson from prayer, which teaches us how to attend, wait, and be open for what might happen next. Death Be Not Proud explores the precedents of Malebranche’s advice by reading John Donne’s poetic prayers in the context of what David Marno calls the “art of holy attention.” If, in Malebra....

Recent English Courses Taught

Fall, 2017
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117S/1 Shakespeare Shakespeare
200/1 Problems in the Study of Literature Graduate Courses
Spring, 2017
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H195B/1 Honors Course Honors and Tutorial Courses
246C/1 Graduate Pro-seminar: Renaissance Graduate Courses
Summer, 2017
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N117S/1 Shakespeare Shakespeare
Fall, 2016
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117T/1 Shakespeare in the Theater: Performing Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida Shakespeare
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H195A/1 Honors Course Literary Theory
Honors and Tutorial Courses
Spring, 2016
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45A/2 Literature in English: Through Milton Introductory Surveys
45A/201 -- discussion section Scott, Mark JR
45A/202 -- discussion section Ding, Katherine
Fall, 2015
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117S/1 Shakespeare Shakespeare
250/4 Research Seminar: John Donne and T.S. Eliot: Lyric Poetry and Society Graduate Courses

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