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The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance

Drew Daniel


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, the book 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 William Shakespeare, the prose of Robert Burton ... More

Keywords: melancholy, assemblage, interpretive relationships, English Renaissance, emotional embodiment, Nicholas Hilliard, Isaac Oliver, William Shakespeare, community, early modern literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251278
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251278.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Drew Daniel, author
Johns Hopkins University