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The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521114233

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About the Authors
  • Exploring how attitudes toward human emotions changed in England during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, this book emphasizes the shared concerns of the 'non-literary' and 'literary' texts produced by Edmund Spenser, John Donne, Robert Burton, and John Milton. Douglas Trevor asserts that 'scholarly' practices such as glossing texts and appending sidenotes influenced the methods by which these writers came to analyze their own moods.

    • A reconsideration of seventeenth-century literature in light of how many writers analysed their moods
    • A history of the nascent development of the modern understanding of depression
    • An analysis of the relation between scholarly practices and subjectivity
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

    "This book constitutes a major contribution to Renaissance studies: lucidly written, ambitious in its choice of topic and of texts, and opulently intelligent in the details of its literary analysis." --Katherine Elsaman Maus, University of Virginia.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521114233
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The reinvention of sadness
    2. Detachability and the passions in Edmund Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender
    3. Hamlet and the humors of skepticism
    4. John Donne and scholarly melancholy
    5. Robert Burton's melancholic England
    6. Solitary Milton
    Epilogue: after Galenism: angelic corporeality in Paradise Lost.

  • Author

    Douglas Trevor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Douglas Trevor is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa. He is co-editor of Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture (2000), and has published articles on Michel de Montaigne, Thomas More, Edmund Spenser, John Donne, George Herbert, and other early modern writers. He is also a contributing editor to The Complete Pelican Shakespeare (2002), and serves on the Editorial Board of the Shakespeare Yearbook.

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