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Table of Contents Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION: Black Humor SECTION I: The Production of Melancholy as a Discourse CHAPTER ONE: Melancholy and the Possibility of Nationhood In Bright and Spenser CHAPTER TWO: ?Reason is Fled to Beasts: Malcontents and Animals in the ?Humour? Plays of Jonson and Shakespeare CHAPTER THREE: Civil Dissension and its Malcontents Or, States of Melancholy SECTION II: Melancholy and the Question of Government CHAPTER FOUR: ?And Yet I am My Own Executioner?: Rumor, Suicide, and Textual Authority in John Donne?s Devotions CHAPTER FIVE: Robert Burton and the ?Language? of Melancholy SECTION III: The Distractions of the Times CHAPTER SIX: The Distractions of the Times: Ideologies of Madness and Disease during the Civil War and Interregnum CHAPTER SEVEN: ?Tell us the Sum?: Milton?s Accounts of Melancholy and Madness In the 1670s Notes Bibliography INDEX
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Melancholy in literature.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.