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Department of English

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Gary A. Stringer
David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor
in the Humanities

Office: Bate 2144
Phone: 252.328.6672

Gary Stringer specializes in English Renaissance literature and textual and bibliographical studies. He is the General Editor and a Senior Textual Editor of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (8 vols., Indiana University Press, 1995--), a project he founded in 1980 and recently moved to a new institutional home in the English department at East Carolina University. He is a past chairman of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions and past president of the South-Central Modern Language Association and the John Donne Society.

Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
M.A. University of Oklahoma
B.A. University of Oklahoma

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Seventeenth-Century Prose and Poetry
Bibliography and Methods
Topics in Textual Studies

Selected Publications and Presentations

Volumes of the Donne Variorum
-- Vol. 6, The Anniversaries and the Epicedes and Obsequies. lvii + 689 pp.
-- Vol. 8, The Epigrams, Epithalamions, Epitaphs, Inscriptions, and Miscellaneous Poems. lxiii + 509 pp.
-- Vol. 2, The Elegies. xcix + 1046 pp. Awarded the 2001 SCMLA Book Prize.
-- Vol. 7.1, The Holy Sonnets. cvii + 606 pp.

"Ease and Control in Dryden's Prose Style," Southern Humanities Review, VIII (Summer 1974), 303-16.

"Milton's 'Thorn in the Flesh': Pauline Didacticism in 'Sonnet XIX,'" Milton Studies, X (Pittsburg, Pa: Univ. of Pittsburg Press, 1977), pp. 141-54.

"Evidence for an Authorial Sequence in Donne's Elegies," TEXT: An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies, 13 (U Michigan P, 2000), pp. 175-91.

“Some of Donne’s Revisions (and How to Recognize Them),” in John Donne’s Poetry, ed. Donald R. Dickson (New York: Norton, 2006), pp. 298-313.

“The Composition and Dissemination of Donne’s Writings,”in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne, ed. Jeanne Shami, Dennis Flynn, and M. Thomas Hester (OUP 2010), pp 13-25.

“Editing Donne’s Poetry: from John Marriot to the Donne Variorum,” in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne, ed. Jeanne Shami, Dennis Flynn, and M. Thomas Hester (OUP 2010), pp. 43-55.

Website Links

DigitalDonne: The Online Variorum