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Excess and the mean in early modern English literature

Author: Joshua Scodel
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2002.
Series: Literature in history (Princeton, N.J.)
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This book examines how English writers from the Elizabethan period to the Restoration transformed and contested the ancient ideal of the virtuous mean. As early modern authors learned at grammar school and university, Aristotle and other classical thinkers praised "golden means" balanced between extremes: courage, for example, as opposed to cowardice or recklessness. By uncovering the enormous variety of English  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Scodel, Joshua, 1958-
Excess and the mean in early modern English literature.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2002
(DLC) 2001059168
(OCoLC)48835022
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Scodel
ISBN: 1400814634 9781400814633 9780691090283 0691090289 9781400824939 1400824931
OCLC Number: 52244976
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 367 pages).
Contents: Introduction: ancient paradigms in modern conflicts --
pt. 1. Two early modern revisions of the mean --
1. Donne and the personal mean --
2. "Mediocrities" and "extremities": Baconian flexibility and the Aristotelian mean --
pt. 2. Means and extremes in early modern Georgic --
3. Moderation, temperate climate, and national ethos from Spenser to Milton --
4. Concord, conquest, and commerce from Spenser to Cowley --
pt. 3. Erotic excess and early modern social conflicts --
5. Passionate extremes and noble natures from Elizabethan to Caroline literature --
6. Erotic excess versus interest in mid- to late-seventeenth-century literature --
pt. 4. Moderation and excess in the seveneteenth-century symposiastic lyric --
7. Drinking and the politics of poetic identity from Jonson to Herrick --
8. Drinking and cultural conflict from Lovelace to Rochester --
pt. 5. Reimagining moderation: the Miltonic example --
9. Paradise lost, pleasurable restraint, and the mean of self-respect --
Postscript: sublime excess, dull moderation, and contemporary ambivalence.
Series Title: Literature in history (Princeton, N.J.)
Responsibility: Joshua Scodel.
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Examines how English writers from the Elizabethan period to the Restoration transformed and contested the ancient ideal of the virtuous mean. This book argues that English authors used the ancient  Read more...

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