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By Mary Ann Lund

The Anatomy of depression, first released in 1621, is among the maximum works of early glossy English prose writing, but it has acquired little gigantic literary feedback in recent times. This research situates Robert Burton's advanced paintings inside 3 similar contexts: spiritual, scientific and literary/rhetorical. Analysing Burton's declare that his textual content must have healing results on his melancholic readership, it examines the authorial development of the interpreting procedure within the context of different early smooth writing, either canonical and non-canonical, supplying a brand new method in the direction of the rising box of the historical past of studying. Lund responds to Burton's statement that depression is an ailment of physique and soul which calls for either a non secular and a corporal therapy, exploring the theological complexion of Burton's writing in terms of English non secular discourse of the early 17th century, and the prestige of his paintings as a scientific textual content.

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