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  The Anatomy of Melancholy - Robert Burton
Arguably, the Anatomy is the last book that encompasses the entire learning of Western culture, the last successful effort to cram it all into one volume.
Melancholy is his springboard, but it is the entire human experience -- so melancholy-tinged -- that is his subject.
Laurence Sterne carried on the Burtonian tradition, stealing extensively from The Anatomy of Melancholy for his own Tristram Shandy (a theft that was not discovered for decades, as Burton was barely remembered or read at the time).
www.complete-review.com /reviews/divphil/burtonr.htm   (2523 words)

  Pre-History of Cognitive Science--Robert Burton
While he does at times gesture towards an historically familiar mind/body dualism, the primary focus of his anatomy is a discussion of the physiology of thought.
Anatomy of Melancholy introduces several key terms which remain dominant in models of cognition through the Victorian era.
Second, those references to the anatomy of the soul which are present are conceptually vague and unclear.
www.rc.umd.edu /cstahmer/cogsci/burton.html   (1780 words)

  II Journal: The History of Melancholy
As a mood or emotion, the experience of being melancholy or depressed is at the very heart of being human: feeling ``down'' or blue or unhappy, being dispirited, discouraged, disappointed, dejected, despondent, melancholy, depressed, or despairing many aspects of such affective experiences are within the normal range.
On choosing to focus on melancholy as a clinical condition, we are faced with the issue of whether it is a disease or some other sort of assemblage of signs and symptoms.
Melancholy, or Sorrow in the Eastern traditions of medicine and philosophy, is the very essence of lived experience.
www.umich.edu /~iinet/journal/vol2no2/v2n2_The_History_of_Melancholy.html   (1753 words)

 On Melancholy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Melancholy was a particularly widespread affliction in Elizabethan England; particularly amongst the educated classes.
Melancholy was very much in vogue in the England of Elizabeth and the early Stuarts, especially among the intellectuals and would-be intellectual.
Melancholy, indeed, is one of the commonest strains in English writers...
arts.ucsc.edu /faculty/bierman/Elsinore/melancholy/melIntro.html   (704 words)

 Melville and 'Old Burton,' with 'Bartleby' as an Anatomy of Melancholy
In calling his work an "anatomy," Burton meant merely that it was, in the Renaissance sense of the word, an "analysis." In recognition of more particular characteristics of this work, however, the contemporary critic Northrop Frye has adopted the term "anatomy" to designate one of the basic forms of prose fiction.
Of the writers of anatomy whom he names besides Burton, Rabelais is the one to whom Melville seems most indebted technically, though temperamentally the two represent, as some of Melville's allusions testify, opposite poles of hilarity and gravity.
Of the causes of melancholy in Burton's sixth category--"perturbations of the mind"--two are clearly distinguished in "Bartleby": ambition in Nippers and fear in the narrator.
www.ku.edu /~zeke/bartleby/wright.html   (4798 words)

 Anatomy of Melancholy
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton appeared in 1621.
And from these melancholy dispositions no man living is free, no Stoick, none so wise, none so happy, none so patient, so generous, so godly, so divine, that can vindicate himself; so well-composed, but more or less, some time or other, he feels the smart of it.
This Melancholy of which we are to treat, is a habit, a serious ailment, a settled humour, as Aurelianus and others call it, not errant, but fixed: and as it was long increasing, so, now being (pleasant or painful) grown to a habit, it will hardly be removed.
www.xasa.com /wiki/en/wikipedia/a/an/anatomy_of_melancholy.html   (507 words)

 Bartleby, Burton, and the Artistic Temperament
There are numerous references (particularly to melancholy) to the traditional four humors in the story; and the words "temper" and "temperament" (used in the sense of controlling and balancing one's humors) are also accorded a prominent role.
The role of melancholy in the artistic temperament was a question that greatly vexed Melville during this period in his literary career.
For both Burton and Melville, the artistic temperament is engaged in a constant struggle to achieve a balance between the creative powers of melancholy and the ameliorating impact of the sanguine.
www.ku.edu /~zeke/bartleby/bulger.html   (1989 words)

 Robert Burton
Fear and Sorrow are the true characters, and inseparable companions, of most melancholy, not all, as Her- cules de Saxonia well excepts; for to some it is most pleasant, as to such as laugh most part; some are bold again, and free from all manner of fear and grief, as hereafter sha1l be declared.
Their melancholy excrements, in some very much, in others little, as the spleen plays his part; and thence proceeds wind, palpitation of the heart, short breath, plenty of humidity in the stomack, heaviness of heart and heartache, and intolerable stupidity and dulness of spirits; their excrements or stool hard, fl to some, and little.
The Anatomy of Melancholy is a collection of different variations, symptoms, causes, and treatments of the disease of melancholy.
campus.udayton.edu /~hume/Burton/burton.htm   (5672 words)

 Robert Burton (scholar)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Robert Burton (February 8, 1577 - January 25, 1640) was an English scholar at Oxford University (Brasenose College), whose chief claim to fame is for writing The Anatomy of Melancholy.
Apart from The Anatomy of Melancholy his only other published work is Philosophaster, a satirical Latin comedy.
He wrote The Anatomy of Melancholy largely because he found himself a lifelong suffer from melancholia.
www.xasa.com /wiki/en/wikipedia/r/ro/robert_burton__scholar_.html   (204 words)

 sCH(A)OlaStics - A Fractal Anatomy of the Anatomay   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
sCH(A)OlaStics - A Fractal Anatomy of the Anatomay
sCH(A)OlaStics - A fractal Anatomy of The Anatomy
"The evolution of melancholy and malcontent types in literature, the portraiture of stylized and predictable figures who expressed unhappiness, alienation or rebellion, was the work of writers who depicted the malcontent types as the butt of satire, of comedy or as the subject for usually satirical 'characters'.
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 Melancholy Quotes & Quotations compiled by GIGA
Melancholy sees the worst of things,--things as they may be, and not as they are.
Melancholy spreads itself betwixt heaven and earth, like envy between man and man, and is an everlasting mist.
If you are melancholy for the first time, you will find, upon a little inquiry, that others have been melancholy many times, and yet are cheerful now.
www.giga-usa.com /quotes/topics/melancholy_t001.htm   (423 words)

 §2. "The Anatomy of Melancholy". XIII. Robert Burton, John Barclay and John Owen. Vol. 4. Prose and Poetry: Sir ...
The first edition of The Anatomy of Melancholy appeared in 1621, in the same year as Barclay’s Argenis.
A study of the work in its entirety should convince a reader that, however curious in some of its developments, Burton’s main object was the practical one that he himself proclaimed.
We see him at his highest in “Religious Melancholy,” especially in “The cure of despair,” though this is not the only place in which his grave pathos is felt, and his tenderness for the “fear and sorrow” of others that he must have known himself.
www.bartleby.com /214/1302.html   (1030 words)

 All in the Mind: 24 April  2004  - The Anatomy of Melancholy
Cathy Curtis: I think he was both at once and I think he himself in the Anatomy of Melancholy says that really in order to cure melancholy whether it be of the individual or of the body politic you need to look at the body and soul and cure both.
Angus Gowland: That is what he tells us in the preface of the Anatomy as you rightly say, and he says that when he started to write he was suffering from melancholy himself, his intention was to ease his mind by writing it as he puts it.
Now when you read the text of the Anatomy and it says that reading is a good way of distracting the melancholic from his cares and his worries and so on, then we can of course speculate that Burton considers his own reading, his own study to be part of a cure.
www.abc.net.au /rn/science/mind/stories/s1090845.htm   (3782 words)

 Anatomy of Melancholy homepage
In 1978 two groups were separately engaged in the preparation of editions of The Anatomy of Melancholy.
In 1980 it was agreed to divide the labor, with the text to be prepared at the Humanities Research Center of Washington State University and the commentary at Oxford.
The three text volumes contain the the text and critical apparatus of The Anatomy o f Melancholy based on a complete collation of the six authoritative seventeenth-century editions.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~rlblair/burton.html   (251 words)

 Anatomy of Melancholy, by Robert Burton
Alteratives and Cordials, corroborating, resolving the Reliques, and mending the Temperament.
Causes of Despair, the Devil, Melancholy, Meditation, Distrust, Weakness of Faith, Rigid Ministers, Misunderstanding Scriptures, Guilty Consciences, andc.
The text for this web edition of Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy appears to be derived from the edition of 1832 published by Longman, Rees, and Co. It is not inended to be a facsimile of the original print edition, rather a rendition of the text for the World Wide Web.
etext.library.adelaide.edu.au /b/burton/robert/melancholy   (1034 words)

 Edwardian Astrologer Robert Burton
Robert Burton's significant contribution to astrology was his published work 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' in which he attempts to use as a personal mechanism to bring himself out of depression.
Perhaps not surprisingly Burton's text is devoted to cataloguing the numerous variations, demonstrations, and causes of the mental "disease" Melancholy.
The Anatomy of Melancholy was reprinted and published in 2001 as a single volume by New York Review Books under their Classic banner.
www.syl.com /astrology/edwardianastrologerrobertburton.html   (453 words)

 Anatomy of Melancholy, Vol. 5
The first edition of The Anatomy of Melancholy appeared in 1621 and was an immediate popular success.
A classic of English literature, this eccentric, allusive, beautifully written 17th-century compendium of legend and lore on melancholy is also a psychologically acute account of depression, as caused by everything from love to religion
Melancholy, Early works to 1800, Early Modern English Poetry (1500-1700), English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Literary Criticism, Melancholy, Melancholy, Early works to 1800, Early Modern English Poetry (1500-1700), English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Literary Criticism
www.zooscape.com /cgi-bin/maitred/WhitePulp/isbn0198184859   (297 words)

 The Anatomy of Melancholy: Robert Burton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
There are diseases acute and chronic, first and secondary, lethal, salutary, errant, fixed, simple, compound, etc. Melancholy is the most eminent of the diseases of the phantasy or imagination; and dotage, phrensy, madness, hydrophobia, lycanthropy, St. Vitus's dance and ecstasy are forms of it.
In disposition it is that transitory melancholy which comes and goes upon every small occasion of sorrow; we call him melancholy that is dull, sad, sour, lumpish, ill-disposed and solitary; and from these dispositions no man living is free; none so wise, patient, happy, generous, or godly that can vindicate himself.
Melancholy is a cold and dry, thick, fl and sour humour, purged from the spleen; it is a bridle to the other two hot humours, blood and choler, preserving them in the blood and nourishing the bones.
www.publicbookshelf.com /public_html/Outline_of_Great_Books_Volume_I/theanatom_bfe.html   (1447 words)

 Anatomy of Melancholy: Causes -Folger Shakespeare Library
Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton, published in 1621, identifies three types of melancholy: brain, love, and "windie," and details the causes and cures for each type.
The anatomy of melancholy vvhat it is. VVith all the kindes, causes, symptomes, prognostickes, and seuerall cures of it.
Ask students to think about a friend who was feeling sad and list the reasons they might guess were the cause of this unhappiness.
www.folger.edu /eduPrimSrcDtl.cfm?psid=111   (280 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Anatomy of Melancholy: v. 2: Books: Robert Burton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy was the pinnacle of the trend for treatises in the 17th century.
From time to time, Burton was afflicted by melancholy and he confesses in his introduction (Democritus to the Reader) that he wrote the Anatomy to relieve his own melancholy.
The Anatomy is the offspring of a bookish mind: Hallam states that it is "a sweeping of the miscellaneous literature from the Bodleian Library".
www.amazon.co.uk /Anatomy-Melancholy-v-Robert-Burton/dp/0766126307   (1043 words)

 Robert Burton:The Anatomy of Melancholy sold by Thornton's of Oxford   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Anatomy of Melancholy, What it is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes, and Severall Cures of It.
As he was by many accounted a severe student, a devourer of authors, a melancholy and humorous person, so by others who knew him well a person of great honesty, plain dealing and charity.
[DNB} In appearance a medical work, the Anatomy of Melancholy is really a satire on human learning and endeavor, consisting of an introduction and three sections - on the nature, causes, and symptoms of melancholy, on the cure of melacholy, and on two types of melancholy, namely that of love and that of religion.
www.thorntonsbooks.co.uk /burton.htm   (309 words)

 she-philosopher.com: Gallery exhibit (Portraits of Melancholy)
It was Ficino who initiated the Renaissance revaluation of melancholy, transforming “what had hitherto been regarded as the most calamitous of all the humours into the mark of genius.” (Strong 1969, p.
Given Ficino’s emphasis on the creative connection, it didn’t take long for the attitudes of melancholy to become “an indispensable adjunct to all those with artistic or intellectual pretensions,” especially in what were considered the deeper arts of philosophy (both natural and moral), politics, and poetry.
But melancholy was also a political disease — the physical expression of “malcontents,” usually “gentlemen of good birth who had suffered frustration in their careers or who were out of tune with the prevailing political or religious attitudes of the day” (Strong 1969, p.
www.she-philosopher.com /gallery/melancholy.html   (979 words)

 purevolume™ | The Anatomy of Melancholy
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 Anatomy of Melancholy
Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy is one of the last great works of English prose to have remained unedited.
Burton concentrated a lifetime of inquiry into the Anatomy, describing and analysing melancholy and its causes - devoting especial attention to love and religion - and recording possible cures.
Primarily a scholarly study of morbid psychology, it is also a compendium of curious facts and anecdotes, and combines seriousness of purpose with a marked satirical vein.
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 village voice > arts > A career Oxonian whose university fellowship forbade marriage, he was never more aware of the ...
In treating of melancholy proper, his method is to stud his supple prose with a bookman's borrowings, from ancient verse and scraps of scripture to the latest materia medica.
And his Melancholy, composed throughout his lifetime, was in truth six books crammed into one, a sort of proto-DSM that was prose analogue of the disease itself and his own psychogram.
Melancholy was his symptom and his cure, and its own recirculating cause.
www.villagevoice.com /arts/0131,edpark,26840,12.html   (1684 words)

 Metapsychology Online Reviews - The Anatomy of Melancholy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
While for most of its long history the Anatomy has been in print and read as appreciatively as it is today, it was neglected, and even disparaged, during the first half of the eighteenth century.
For hundreds of years melancholy was a fundamental category in Western culture, used to explain, order, illustrate and comprehend human experience and all manner of human suffering.
Along with the ‘gendering’ in Burton’s text we also encounter his persistent misogyny: women were the cause and source of melancholy, but their experience of it was a lesser one, and one which marriage and domesticity would be quite sufficient to dispel.
mentalhelp.net /books/books.php?type=de&id=932   (747 words)

 Amazon.ca: The Anatomy of Melancholy: Books: Robert Burton,William H. Gass   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Anatomy of Melancholy is, without a doubt, the best book ever written, bar none.
The Anatomy of Melancholy wasn't meant to be read from the first page to the last; I have never met anyone who did that and one would have to be more than a little mad to even try.
It is often said that The Sorrows of Young Werther is a catalogue of the symptoms of love-sickness.
www.amazon.ca /Anatomy-Melancholy-Robert-Burton/dp/0940322668   (2377 words)

 Amazon.com: The Anatomy of Melancholy (New York Review Books Classics): Books: Robert Burton,William H. Gass
One of the major documents of modern European civilization, Robert Burton's astounding compendium, a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms, has invited nothing but superlatives since its publication in the seventeenth century.
In this surprisingly compact and elegant new edition, Burton's spectacular verbal labyrinth is sure to delight, instruct, and divert today's readers as much as it has those of the past four centuries.
THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY What it is, with all the kinds, causes, symptoms, prognostics, and several cures of it.
www.amazon.com /Anatomy-Melancholy-Review-Books-Classics/dp/0940322668   (928 words)

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