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The Nature of Melancholy
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The Nature of Melancholy: From Aristotle to Kristeva

Jennifer Radden

Abstract

Spanning twenty-four centuries, this anthology collects over thirty selections of important Western writing about melancholy and its related conditions by philosophers, doctors, religious and literary figures, and modern psychologists. Truly interdisciplinary, it is the first such anthology. As it traces Western attitudes, it reveals a conversation across centuries and continents as the authors interpret, respond, and build on each other's work. The editor provides an extensive, in-depth introduction that draws links and parallels between the selections, and reveals the ambiguous relationship ... More

Keywords: melancholy, philosophers, psychologists, Western writing, depression, historical accounts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151657
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151657.001.0001

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Jennifer Radden, editor
University of Massachusetts
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Contents

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Introduction

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Part 1 Aristotle to Freud

1 Brilliance and Melancholy

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3 Accidie

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8 Melancholy Nuns

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9 Melancholy

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10 Melancholic States

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11 The Melancholy Character

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13 The Spleen

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15 Werther’s Death

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17 Melancholia

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24 Depressive States

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25 Loss

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Part 2 After Freud

26 The Depressive Position

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