The Anatomy of Melancholy | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Rosalie L. Colie

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of The Anatomy of Melancholy.
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Critical Essay by Rosalie L. Colie

SOURCE: Colie, Rosalie L. “Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy and the Structure of Paradox.” In Paradoxica Epidemica: The Renaissance Tradition of Paradox, pp. 430-60. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1966.

In the essay below, Colie argues that The Anatomy of Melancholy is deliberately paradoxical in many ways, including its contradictory subject matter, its conflicting genres, and its juxtaposition of opposites. Burton's “fragmenting of the categories of phenomena” in this manner, and his “identification of cause, symptom, and cure,” she maintains, universalizes melancholy “into the whole condition of humanity.”

Who can but pity the mercifull intention of those hands that doe destroy themselves?

Browne, Religio Medici, I. 53

Jonathan Swift is the culprit responsible for the vulgar error that Burton's Anatomy is an...

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