Angus Gowland Rhetorical Structure and Function in The Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Angus Gowland
  • Published 2008


In writing The Anatomy of Melancholy Robert Burton was working within the system of classical rhetoric as revived in the Renaissance, specifically the epideictic genus. A juxtaposition of the topics, arguments, and tripartite form employed by Burton with the treatment of epideictic in Aristotle's Rhetoric, as well as with aspects of the Roman and… (More)


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