Scodel, Joshua.

Excess and the Mean in Early Modern English Literature.. - Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2001. - 1 online resource (375 p.) - JSTOR eBooks Literature in History . - Studies in Italian culture--Literature in history. .

Contents; Acknowledgments and Note on Citations; Introduction: Ancient Paradigms in Modern Conflicts; PART ONE: Two Early Modern Revisions of the Mean; PART TWO: Means and Extremes in Early Modern Georgic; PART THREE: Erotic Excess and Early Modern Social Conflicts; PART FOUR: Moderation and Excess in the Seventeenth-Century Symposiastic Lyric; PART FIVE: Reimagining Moderation: The Miltonic Example; Postscript: Sublime Excess, Dull Moderation, and Contemporary Ambivalence; Notes; Index.

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. Scodel argues.

9781400824939 (electronic bk.) 1400824931 (electronic bk.)

22573/cttwfgm JSTOR

English literature--History and criticism.--Early modern, 1500-1700
Moderation in literature.
Literature and society--History--England--16th century.
Literature and society--History--England--17th century.
Didactic literature, English--History and criticism.
Temperance in literature.
Polarity in literature.
Ethics in literature.

PR428.M63 S36 2001

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