Berkeley English Faculty

David Marno

David Marno

Associate Professor

Wheeler Hall, room 419
MTh 2-3
marno@berkeley.edu


Professional Statement

I am interested in 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.


Books
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 precedent....(read more)


Recent English Courses Taught
fall, 2019

180C/1

Comedy

250/1

Research Seminar: The English Department

spring, 2019

115A/1

The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century)

summer, 2019

117S/1

Shakespeare

fall, 2018

117T/1

Shakespeare in the Theater: Cymbeline

165/2

Special Topics: The English Department

spring, 2018

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

45A/101 -- discussion section

Homans-Turnbull, Marian

45A/102 -- discussion section

Clark, Amy

45A/103 -- discussion section

Rice, Sarah Sands

45A/104 -- discussion section

Rice, Sarah Sands

45A/105 -- discussion section

Homans-Turnbull, Marian

45A/106 -- discussion section

Clark, Amy

summer, 2018

117S/1

Shakespeare

fall, 2017

117S/1

Shakespeare

200/1

Problems in the Study of Literature

spring, 2017

H195B/1

Honors Course

246C/1

Graduate Pro-seminar: Renaissance

summer, 2017

N117S/1

Shakespeare