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Melancholy, medicine and religion in early modern England : reading "The anatomy of melancholy"

Author: Mary Ann Lund
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Anatomy of Melancholy, first published in 1621, is one of the greatest works of early modern English prose writing, yet it has received little substantial literary criticism in recent years. This study situates Robert Burton's complex work within three related contexts: religious, medical and literary/rhetorical. Analysing Burton's claim that his text should have curative effects on his melancholic readership,
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Robert Burton; Robert Burton; Robert Burton; Robert (Theologe) Burton; Robert Burton
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Ann Lund
ISBN: 9780521190503 0521190509
OCLC Number: 432978506
Description: xii, 223 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Zisca's drum : reading and cure --
Imagining readings --
The cure of despair : reading the end of The anatomy of melancholy --
Printed therapeutics : The anatomy of Melancholy and early modern medical writing --
The whole physician --
Speaking out of experience --
The structure of melancholy : from cause to cure.
Responsibility: Mary Ann Lund.
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