The Persistence of Memory and Melancholy in Early Modern England
A combined philosophical and literary approach to intellectual history and the arts showing the extent to which Renaissance cognitive processes and symbol systems were mnemonic in both conception and application, often based on the relation of body and soul over, and through, time.
". . . a thoughtful and humane book . . ."—Sixteenth Century Journal
"William Engel is a master teacher [whose] diction is striking, precise, and memorable."—Sewanee Review
". . . the novelty of Engel's approach is the rigour with which he argues his case for seeing all these large topics [mortality, memory, and melancholy] as closely interdependent for a range of writers."—Review of English Studies
". . . as cleverly conceived as it is cleverly written. It rivets the attention . . . [and] will be remembered as a major contribution . . . [a] considerable addition to intellectual history."—Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance