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A field guide to melancholy : a depressive illness or a passing feeling? Mental detachment or a precursor to genius?

Author: Jacky Bowring
Publisher: New York : Oldcastle Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A depressive illness or a passing feeling? Mental detachment or a precursor to genius? Melancholy is a critical part of what it is to be human, yet everything from Prozac to self help psychology books seems intent on removing all signs of sadness, depression, or, quite simply, low moods from contemporary existence. Complex and contradictory, melancholy's presence weaves through the histories of both science and art.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Bowring, Jacky.
A Field Guide to Melancholy : A depressive illness or a passing feeling? Mental detachment or a precursor to genius?
New York : Oldcastle Books, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jacky Bowring
ISBN: 9781843446118 1843446111
OCLC Number: 902416263
Description: 1 online resource (263 pages)
Contents: Introduction; 1. The Conundrums of Melancholy: Madness, Genius and Beauty; 2. The Hunt for Melancholy; 3. Acedia, Anomie, et al.: Melancholy's Allies; 4. From Apea to Weltschmerz: A Lexicon of Melancholy; 5. A 'Blue' Guide: Melancholy in Cinema, Art, Literature, Music, Architecture and Landscape; 6. By Way of Conclusion: Melancholy and the Imagination; 7. A Note on Laurence Aberhart; Further Reading and Bibliography.
Responsibility: Jacky Bowring.

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A depressive illness or a passing feeling? Mental detachment or a precursor to genius? Melancholy is a critical part of what it is to be human, yet everything from Prozac to self help psychology books seems intent on removing all signs of sadness, depression, or, quite simply, low moods from contemporary existence. Complex and contradictory, melancholy's presence weaves through the histories of both science and art. A Field Guide to Melancholy surveys this ambivalent concept and takes a journey through its articulation in a variety of languages, from the Russian toska of Pushkin's Eugene Onegi.

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