The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England
Cambridge University Press, 30.09.2004 - 252 Seiten
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.
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The reinvention of sadness
The margins of learning
Detachability and the passions in Edmund Spensers The Shepheardes Calender
Sadness in The Faerie Queene
Hamlet and the humors of skepticism
John Donne and scholarly melancholy
the Sidenote as Symptom
Robert Burtons melancholic England
Burtons scholarly method
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