Sleep, romance and human embodiment: Vitality from spenser to Milton

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Abstract

Garrett Sullivan explores the changing impact of Aristotelian conceptions of vitality and humanness on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature before and after the rise of Descartes. In the Renaissance, Aristotle's tripartite soul is usually considered in relation to concepts of psychology and physiology. However, Sullivan argues that its significance is much greater, constituting a theory of vitality that simultaneously distinguishes man from, and connects him to, other forms of life. He contends that, in works such as Sidney's Old Arcadia, Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V, Spenser's Faerie Queene, Milton's Paradise Lost and Dryden's All for Love, the genres of epic and romance, whose operations are informed by Aristotle's theory, provide the raw materials for exploring different models of humanness; and that sleep is the vehicle for such exploration as it blurs distinctions among man, plant and animal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages206
ISBN (Electronic)9781139169257
ISBN (Print)9781107024410
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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Aristotle
Sleep
Romance
Vitality
Embodiment
Aristotelian
Faerie Queene
Raw Materials
John Dryden
Conception
Rise
Epic
Animals
Physiology
Henry IV
Forms of Life
Arcadia
Psychology
William Shakespeare
Paradise Lost

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Cambridge University Press, 2012. 206 p.

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