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

This book examines how English writers from the Elizabethan period to the Restoration transformed and contested the ancient ideal of the virtuous mean. As early modern authors learned at grammar school and university, Aristotle and other classical thinkers praised "golden means" balanced b...

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Main Author: Scodel, Joshua, 1958-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2002.
Series:Literature in history (Princeton, N.J.)
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Summary:This book examines how English writers from the Elizabethan period to the Restoration transformed and contested the ancient ideal of the virtuous mean. As early modern authors learned at grammar school and university, Aristotle and other classical thinkers praised "golden means" balanced between extremes: courage, for example, as opposed to cowardice or recklessness. By uncovering the enormous variety of English responses to this ethical doctrine, Joshua Scodel revises our understanding of the vital interaction between classical thought and early modern literary culture. --From publisher's description.
Physical Description:1 online resource (viii, 367 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-352) and index.
ISBN:1400814634
9781400814633
9780691090283
0691090289
9781400824939
1400824931