The Nature of Melancholy

The Nature of Melancholy : From Aristotle to Kristeva

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Spanning 24 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. Editor Jennifer Radden provides an extensive, in-depth introduction that draws links and parallels between the selections, and reveals the ambiguous relationship between these historical accounts of melancholy and today's psychiatric views on depression. This important new collection is also beautifully illustrated with depictions of melancholy from Western fine more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 165.1 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones and line drawings
  • 0195151658
  • 9780195151657
  • 521,960

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Radden's invaluable anthology ... scrupulously presents the key texts ... does an excellent job of tracing the history of efforts to find a language capable of sheltering humanity from that storm [in the mind]. * Times Literary Supplement *show more

About Jennifer Radden

Jennifer Radden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at more

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