Excess and the mean in early modern English literature Joshua Scodel.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Scodel, Joshua, 1958-
Corporate Author: NetLibrary, Inc.
Format: Book
Published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2002.
Series:Literature in history (Princeton, N.J.)
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: ancient paradigms in modern conflicts
  • pt. 1. Two early modern revisions of the mean
  • 1. Donne and the personal mean
  • 2. "Mediocrities" and "extremities": Baconian flexibility and the Aristotelian mean
  • pt. 2. Means and extremes in early modern Georgic
  • 3. Moderation, temperate climate, and national ethos from Spenser to Milton
  • 4. Concord, conquest, and commerce from Spenser to Cowley
  • pt. 3. Erotic excess and early modern social conflicts
  • 5. Passionate extremes and noble natures from Elizabethan to Caroline literature
  • 6. Erotic excess versus interest in mid- to late-seventeenth-century literature
  • pt. 4. Moderation and excess in the seveneteenth-century symposiastic lyric
  • 7. Drinking and the politics of poetic identity from Jonson to Herrick
  • 8. Drinking and cultural conflict from Lovelace to Rochester
  • pt. 5. Reimagining moderation: the Miltonic example
  • 9. Paradise lost, pleasurable restraint, and the mean of self-respect
  • Postscript: sublime excess, dull moderation, and contemporary ambivalence.