The Anatomy of Melancholy | Critical Essay by Anne S. Chapple

This literature criticism consists of approximately 58 pages of analysis & critique of The Anatomy of Melancholy.
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Critical Essay by Devon L. Hodges

SOURCE: Hodges, Devon L. “Anatomy as Reason and Madness.” In Renaissance Fictions of Anatomy, pp. 107-23. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1985.

In the following excerpt, Hodges considers The Anatomy of Melancholy to be a treatise poised between humanism and rationalism, focusing on how the work countenances the coexistence of madness and reason in seventeenth-century thought—a condition rejected by the eighteenth-century quest for “objective knowledge.”

Compared with Bacon's dynamic, scientific project to inaugurate a new order of things, Burton's great lumpy Anatomy of Melancholy looks particularly hesitant and unfocused. And because of this, Burton's work serves as a reminder that the institution of “analytico-referential” discourse did not end all questions about the proper way to get at the truth. The Anatomy of Melancholy is narrated...

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