Reviews 239 Garzoni, Tomaso, The Hospital of Incurable Madness: L'Hospedale de' pazzi incurabili (1586) (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 352; Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 26), intro. Monica Calabritto, trans. Daniela Pastina and John W. Crayton, Tempe, AZ, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2009; cloth; pp. viii, 251; R.R.P. US$52.00, £40.00; ISBN 9782503528953. This translation with notes of an important sixteenth-century Italian literary text on madness will be an eye-opener, not least for Anglophone historians, for whom Robert Burton's all-encompassing Anatomy of Melancholy might seem like the last word on late Renaissance attitudes to unreason. But observers on early modern madness spoke in many tongues and, as Garzoni's Hospedale well illustrates, with more or less sympathetic voices. Not that Burton's was by any means a univocal text. In his aptly titled, The Worlds of Renaissance Melancholy (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Angus Gowland has tracked the continental medical sources of the Anatomy, all the while revealing a vein of subversive humanism in Burton's work which runs counter to the discourse of learned medicine (in which that melancholy author was nevertheless supremely well-versed). In the second chapter of his Hospedale, on frenzied and delirious
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