Marvell Studies 7.1 is a special issue on “Mourning.” The essays herein are derived from an Andrew Marvell Society panel at the Southern Central Renaissance Conference in spring 2021.
Kevin Laam examines Marvell’s poem through the lens of anti-mourning, so as to highlight its critique of the symbolic and transactional nature of elegy. Stephen Spencer reads “Mourning” alongside Marvell’s elegy for Francis Villiers, and finds in the later poem a suspicion of the misogyny that attends Cavalier joy. Diana Wise examines the poem’s masturbatory but also self-sufficient eroticism, derived from its evocation of a physical (and not merely metaphorical) water cycle. And Blaine Greteman refocuses readerly and critical attention on the “Indian slaves” who dive for pearls and the whiteness of the concluding stanza’s silent judgment. This issue also includes a note from Nicholas von Maltzahn on the source of a heretofore obscure (and scatological) Latin quotation in Mr. Smirke.
The journal welcomes individual essay submissions, as well as special issue proposals. Please send any queries in this respect to the editor, Ryan Netzley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Laurent Curelly (email@example.com) serves as the book review editor: please contact him with any suggestions for books to review.