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The melancholy assemblage : affect and epistemology in the English Renaissance / Drew Daniel.

  • Daniel, Drew, 1971-
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About this work


"This book considers melancholy as an "assemblage," as a network of dynamic, interpretive relationships between persons, bodies, texts, spaces, structures, and things. In doing so, it parts ways with past interpretations of melancholy. Tilting the English Renaissance against the present moment, Daniel argues that the basic disciplinary tension between medicine and philosophy persists within contemporary debates about emotional embodiment. To make this case, the book binds together the paintings of Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, the drama of Shakespeare, the prose of Burton, and the poetry of Milton. Crossing borders and periods, Daniel combines recent theories which have--until now--been regarded as incongruous by their respective advocates. Asking fundamental questions about how the experience of emotion produces community, the book will be of interest to scholars of early modern literature, psychoanalysis, the affective turn, and continental philosophy"--


New York : Fordham University Press, 2013.

Physical description

xiii, 309 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm


First edition.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-302) and index.


Introduction -- From Dürer's Angel to Harlow's Monkey -- Three Hundred Years Out of Fashion -- Let Me Have Judgment, and the Jew His Will -- That Within Which Passes Show -- Rhapsodies of Rags -- My Self, My Sepulcher -- Epilogue: Disassembling Melancholy.


  • English

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    History of Medicine
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