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The Resource Melancholy and literary biography, 1640-1816, Jane Darcy

Melancholy and literary biography, 1640-1816, Jane Darcy

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Melancholy and literary biography, 1640-1816
Title
Melancholy and literary biography, 1640-1816
Statement of responsibility
Jane Darcy
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This book offers an original account of the development of literary biography in the long eighteenth century and reveals different ways in which biographers probed the inner life through writers' melancholy. The first half tracks the unstable status of melancholy in biographical writing from Walton to Johnson in the context of changing medical and theological understanding of the condition.The second half focuses on biographical experimentation of the 1790s. Two case studies, Godwin's Memoirs of Wollstonecraft and Currie's Life of Burns, are examples of a significant if short-lived genre: philosophical biography. The dispassionate exploration of melancholy in these new secular biographies renders obsolete older notions of the 'dignity' of biography. Anxieties about the increasingly intrusive nature of the genre intensify over Hayley's Life of Cowper, coming to a head in 1816 with Wordsworth's impassioned critique of literary biography and the scandal caused by Cowper's posthumously published conversion narrative Adelphi"--
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Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Darcy, Jane
Dewey number
820.9/492
Index
index present
LC call number
PR756.B56
LC item number
D37 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English prose literature
  • Authors, English
  • Biography as a literary form
  • Melancholy in literature
  • Depression, Mental, in literature
  • Authors, English
  • Literature and society
  • LITERARY COLLECTIONS / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Label
Melancholy and literary biography, 1640-1816, Jane Darcy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. Johnson, Melancholy and Early Literary Biography 1640-1791 : 1. Early literary biographies : Walton's Donne to Sprat's Cowley ; 2. Johnson, melancholy and biography ; 3. Eighteenth-century melancholy : Boswell and Cheyne, The English Malady -- Part II. Melancholy and Biographical Experimentation around 1800 : 4. Philosophical biography (1): Godwin's Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft ; 5. Philosophical biography (2) : Currie's Life of Burns ; 6. Religious melancholy : Hayley's Life of Cowper -- Conclusion
Control code
829386965
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 255 pages
Isbn
9781137271082
Lccn
2013018168
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)829386965
Label
Melancholy and literary biography, 1640-1816, Jane Darcy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Part I. Johnson, Melancholy and Early Literary Biography 1640-1791 : 1. Early literary biographies : Walton's Donne to Sprat's Cowley ; 2. Johnson, melancholy and biography ; 3. Eighteenth-century melancholy : Boswell and Cheyne, The English Malady -- Part II. Melancholy and Biographical Experimentation around 1800 : 4. Philosophical biography (1): Godwin's Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft ; 5. Philosophical biography (2) : Currie's Life of Burns ; 6. Religious melancholy : Hayley's Life of Cowper -- Conclusion
Control code
829386965
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 255 pages
Isbn
9781137271082
Lccn
2013018168
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)829386965

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