The Anatomy of Melancholy | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Winfried Schleiner

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of The Anatomy of Melancholy.
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Critical Essay by Winfried Schleiner

SOURCE: Schleiner, Winfried. “Burton's Use of praeteritio in Discussing Same-Sex Relationships.” In Renaissance Discourses of Desire, edited by Claude J. Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth, pp. 159-78. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1993.

In the essay below, Schleiner addresses Burton's treatment of same-sex relationships in The Anatomy of Melancholy, examining how Burton's use of the rhetorical device praeteritio might distinguish his own perspective from among his many sources.

Discourse of same-sex desire is forbidden discourse in early seventeenth-century England; in some sense it could not and, therefore, does not exist. In another sense this discourse exists, although in highly coded forms that call attention to its illicit status. I am not at present concerned with the language of persons whom we might, possibly anachronistically, call homosexuals but with the language then used to write and...

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