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Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture : The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England Series Number 48 - Douglas Trevor

Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England Series Number 48

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The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England explores how attitudes toward, and explanations of, human emotions change in England during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Typically categorized as 'literary' writers Edmund Spenser, John Donne, Robert Burton, and John Milton were all active in the period's reappraisal of the single emotion that, due to their efforts, would become the passion most associated with the writing life: melancholy. By emphasising the shared concerns of the 'non-literary' and 'literary' texts produced by these figures, Douglas Trevor asserts that quintessentially 'scholarly' practices such as glossing texts and appending sidenotes shape the methods by which these same writers come to analyse their own moods. He also examines early modern medical texts, dramaturgical representations of learned depressives such as Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the opposition to materialistic accounts of the passions voiced by Neoplatonists such as Edmund Spenser.

"A highly significant history of the passions..." -SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 "...the visual parameters are set forth with laudable clarity and comprehensiveness. Kiefer's work, which concludes with an exemplary thirty-five page select bibliography, is a welcome addition to Shakespeare studies." -Clifford Davidson, Modern Philology "Douglas Trevor's Poetics of Melancholy is an illuminating and thought-provoking analysis of the representation of sadness in early modern English writing." -Ian Frederick Moultan, Arizona State University Polytechnic "[T]his is a fascinating, probing book." -David W. Swain, Southern New Hampshire University, American and English Studies

The reinvention of sadness
Detachability and the passions in Edmund SpenserÆs The Shepheardes Calender
Hamlet and the humors of skepticism
John Donne and scholarly melancholy
Robert BurtonÆs melancholic England
Solitary Milton
Epilogue: after Galenism: angelic corporeality in Paradise Lost
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ISBN: 9780521834698
ISBN-10: 0521834694
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 8th November 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.57