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248 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474417334

Bookseller Code (06)

Shakespearean Melancholy

Philosophy, Form and the Transformation of Comedy

J. F. Bernard

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy

  • Offers new readings of nine Shakespearean comedies centred on their extensive, interconnected treatments of melancholy
  • Underscores Shakespeare's significant revisions of philosophical discourses on melancholy, both classical and early modern, while tailoring the concept to specific comic purposes
  • Argues that the particular sense of melancholy that Shakespeare develops throughout his comic canon informs later theorizations of melancholia and related concepts in psychoanalysis, performance studies and affect theory
  • Contributes to the ongoing interdisciplinary critical effort to deepen our understanding of the nature, history and impact of melancholy on Western culture by drawing particular attention to its conflation of emotional and artistic overtones