Books by Gregory Kneidel
The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, Vol. 7.2: The Divine Poems (Indiana University Press, 2021)
[as Principal Textual Editor and Associate General Editor] Based on an exhaustive study of the manuscripts and printed editions in which these poems have appeared, the eighth in the series of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne presents newly edited critical texts of thirteen Divine Poems and details the genealogical history of each poem, accompanied by a thorough prose discussion. Arranged chronologically within sections, the material is organized under the following headings: Dates and Circumstances; General Commentary; Genre; Language, Versification, and Style; the Poet/Persona; and Themes. The volume also offers a comprehensive digest of general and topical commentary on the Divine Poems from Donne’s time through 2012.
The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, Vol. 5: The Verse Letters (Indiana University Press, 2019)
[as Principal Textual Editor and Associate General Editor] Volume 5 of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne: Verse Letters provides the most authoritative texts of the poems that Donne wrote in this genre. It includes complete textual introductions and apparatuses for each of the 42 poems in the volume. In addition, the volume contains comprehensive summaries, along with notes and glosses, of everything written on these poems from Donne’s time through 2013.
John Donne and Early Modern Legal Culture: The End of Equity in the Satyres (Duquesne University Press, 2015)
Though law and satire share essential elements—both aim to correct individual vice, to promote justice, and to claim authority amid competing perspectives—their commonality has gone largely unexplored by both legal theorists and literary critics. Gregory Kneidel, in this thoroughly original work, finds that just such an exploration leads to fascinating new insights for both fields of study.
Rethinking the Turn to Religion in Early Modern English Literature: The Poetics of All Believers (Macmillan Press, 2008)
Offering new readings of major eary modern English poets such as Spenser, Milton and Donne, Kneidel counters the trend among literary critics to associate early modern religion with Pauline inwardness and self-formation by showing how these writers took Saint Paul as a model of rhetorical skill and political acumen.