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Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview The Anatomy of Melancholy, first published in , is one of the greatest works of early modern English prose writing, yet it has received little substantial literary criticism in recent years. Analysing Burton's claim that his text should have curative effects on his melancholic readership, it examines the authorial construction of the reading process in the context of other early modern writing, both canonical and non-canonical, providing a new approach towards the emerging field of the history of reading.
Lund responds to Burton's assertion that melancholy is an affliction of body and soul which requires both a spiritual and a corporal cure, exploring the theological complexion of Burton's writing in relation to English religious discourse of the early seventeenth century, and the status of his work as a medical text.
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Table of Contents Introduction: Zisca's drum: reading and cure; 1. Imagining readings; 2.
The cure of despair: reading the end of The Anatomy of Melancholy; 3. Printed therapeutics: The Anatomy of Melancholy and early modern medical writing; 4. The whole physician; 5.
Speaking out of experience; 6. The structure of melancholy: from cause to cure; Conclusion. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches.
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The values and institutions of the Christian Church remained massively dominant in early modern English The values and institutions of the Christian Church remained massively dominant in early modern English society and culture, but its theology, liturgy and unity were increasingly disputed. The period was overall one of institutional conformity and individual diversity: the centrality View Product. Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy. This volume presents an innovative look at early modern medicine and natural philosophy as historically This volume presents an innovative look at early modern medicine and natural philosophy as historically interrelated developments.
The individual chapters chart this interrelation in a variety of contexts, from the Humanists who drew on Hippocrates, Galen, and Aristotle to answer Reading is itself a cure for melancholy since it provides distraction therapy; and again that therapy is universally efficacious.
Lund thus details how Burton involves his readers in the pleasures of exercise, travel, and cosmic voyaging, all understood as forms of release accessed imaginatively, in the pages of books.
As a Lute out of Tune: Robert Burton’s Melancholy
Chapters 4 and 5 ask, in turn, how Burton makes his own self-presentation conducive to readers—this too for therapeutic purposes. Lund shows that, in styling himself as both doctor and divine, Burton alternates, seriatim, between the different speaking voices appropriate to those two roles. Equally, she examines the curative effect worked by the author's presenting himself as a victim of melancholy: someone sympathetically involved in his reader's affliction, yet determined to take a stand against it. Lund's "reader response" approach to the Anatomy is timely: this study makes an important contribution to the history of reading.
Equally thought provoking [End Page ] is her contention that Burton was wholly in control of the "measures of instability and dissonance" that pervade the Anatomy p. There are moments in this monograph, though, that remind us just how valuable Stanley Fish's analysis of the Anatomy still is, Lund's criticisms of him notwithstanding.
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