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Beyond Melancholy: Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England

Erin Sullivan


From Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Burton’s Anatomy to Hilliard’s miniatures, melancholy has long been associated with the emotional life of Renaissance England. But what other forms of sadness existed alongside, or even beyond, melancholy, and what kinds of selfhood did they help create? Beyond Melancholy explores the vital distinctions Renaissance writers made between grief, godly sorrow, despair, and melancholy, and the unique interactions these emotions were thought to produce in the mind, body, and soul. While most medical and philosophical writings emphasized the physiological and moral danger ... More

Keywords: history of emotion, Renaissance, sadness, melancholy, grief, godly sorrow, despair, history of medicine, history of religion, emotive improvisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Sullivan, author
Senior Lecturer and Fellow, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

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