• Presents and analyses Renaissance ideas about melancholy within a range
of historical contexts
• The first historical study of this canonical work of English literature since 1959
• The first comprehensive analysis and interpretation of the modifications made by the author to the different editions of ‘The Anatomy’ issued between 1621 and 1651
Acknowledgements; Conventions; Introduction; 1. The medical theory of melancholy; 2. Dissecting medical learning; 3. Melancholy and divinity; 4. The melancholy body politic; 5. Utopia, consolation, and withdrawal; Conclusion: Robert Burton’s melancholy; Bibliographies.