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The politics of melancholy from Spenser to Milton /
Adam H. Kitzes.
imprint
New York : Routledge, 2006.
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ix, 270 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0415976286
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New York : Routledge, 2006.
isbn
0415976286
contents note
Melancholy and the possibility of nationhood in Bright and Spenser -- Reason is fled to beasts : malcontents and animals in the "humour" plays of Jonson and Shakespeare -- Dissension and its malcontents, or, States of melancholy -- And yet I am my own executioner : rumor, suicide, and textual authority in John Donne's Devotions -- Robert Burton and the "language" of melancholy -- The distractions of the times : ideologies of madness and disease during the Civil War and Interregnum -- Tell us the sum : Milton's accounts of melancholy and madness in the 1670s.
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5836407
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-253) and index.
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During the so-called 'Age of Melancholy', many writers invoked both traditional and new conceptualizations of the disease in order to account for various types of social turbulence, ranging from discontent and factionalism to civil war. This book examines this topic.
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During the so-called "Age of Melancholy," many writers invoked both traditional and new conceptualizations of the disease in order to account for various types of social turbulence, ranging from discontent and factionalism to civil war. Writing about melancholy became a way to explore both the causes and preventions of political disorder, on both specific and abstract levels. Thus, at one and the same moment, a writer could write about melancholy to discuss specific and ongoing political crises and to explore more generally the principles which generate political conflicts in the first place. In the course of developing a traditional discourse of melancholy of its own, English writers appropriated representations of the disease - often ineffectively - in order to account for the political turbulence during the civil war and Interregnum periods
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Black Humor
The Production of Melancholy as a Discourse
Melancholy and the Possibility of Nationhood In Bright and Spenser
"Reason is Fled to Beasts: Malcontents and Animals in the "Humour" Plays of Jonson and Shakespeare
Civil Dissension and its Malcontents, Or, States of Melancholy
Melancholy and the Question of Government
"And Yet I am My Own Executioner": Rumor, Suicide, and Textual Authority in John Donne's Devotions
Robert Burton and the "Language" of Melancholy
The Distractions of the Times
The Distractions of the Times: Ideologies of Madness and Disease during the Civil War and Interregnum
"Tell us the Sum": Milton's Accounts of Melancholy and Madness In the 1670s
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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