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The Nature of Melancholy : From Aristotle to Kristeva - Jennifer Radden

The Nature of Melancholy

From Aristotle to Kristeva

By: Jennifer Radden (Editor)

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Published: 1st March 2002
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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 art.

"Philosophy practitioners will be delighted with The Nature of Melancholy. The book will both corroborate and deepen our current ways of addressing depression. Our work is not just aimed at helping clients suppress their bleak moods, but perhaps even more it is about helping them avoid becoming stuck in that mood, and thus unable to experience--or even acknowledge--that other moods exist, and that melancholy is merely one emotion among many. The book offers an overabundance of morsels of wisdom that can be directly applied in our work with clients. Among them are helping them deepen their attention and focus, especially on their soul; this in turn will make their inner life and their relationships with others richer."--Svetlana Correa, Philosophical Practice "Lyrical language abounds in [this] compendium of historic and contemporary writings....Hildegard of Bingen conjectures that melancholy descends genetically from Adam, while, more recently, the post-Freudian linguist Julia Kristeva offers a modern theory that suggests an updated version of black bile."--The New Yorker "Radden's invaluable anthology...scrupulously presents the key texts.... The Nature of Melancholy 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 "With skill, Radden brings together in a single volume a marvelous collection of essays, excerpts, and writings on what is now usually called 'depression'. [Melancholy] will likely remain central to the human condition, and this book may be the best medicine for it....Radden has written a penetrating and lengthy introduction....Handsome illustrations complement this serious yet inviting work of scholarship."--Virginia Quarterly Review "...for those who want to investigate the history of our concept of depression and relate it to wider medical and cultural themes, this collection is an excellent resource."--Metapsychology "Melancholy's simultaneous links with creative energy and with idleness.The Nature of Melancholy is to be commended for its attempt to bring wide and generous frames of reference to bear upon a subject that holds interest for many readers. Its immense chronological sweep invites scholars.-- Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature "Lyrical language abounds in [this] compendium of historic and contemporary writings....Hildegard of Bingen conjectures that melancholy descends genetically from Adam, while, more recently, the post-Freudian linguist Julia Kristeva offers a modern theory that suggests an updated version of black bile."--The New Yorker "...for those who want to investigate the history of our concept of depression and relate it to wider medical and cultural themes, this collection is an excellent resource."--Metapsychology "Radden's invaluable anthology...scrupulously presents the key texts.... The Nature of Melancholy 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 "With skill, Radden brings together in a single volume a marvelous collection of essays, excerpts, and writings on what is now usually called 'depression'. [Melancholy] will likely remain central to the human condition, and this book may be the best medicine for it.... Radden has written a penetrating and lengthy introduction....Handsome illustrations complement this serious yet inviting work of scholarship."--Virginia Quarterly Review

Part 1: Aristotle to Freud 1: Aristotle (or a Follower of Aristotle), Melancholy, from Problems 2: Galen, Diseases of the Black Bile, from On the Affected Parts 3: Cassian, Of the Spirit of Accidie, from The Foundations of the Cenobitic Life and the Eight Capital Sins Book X Chapters I-IV 4: Avicenna, On Black Bileand Melancholia, from Canon of Medicine 5: Hildegard of Bingen, Melancholia in Men and Women, from Holistic Healing 6: Ficino, Learned People and Melancholy, from The Three Books of Life 7: Weyer, Melancholia, Witches, and Deceiving Demons, from Of Deceiving Demons 8 Teresa of Avila, Melancholy Nuns, from The Interior Castle, and The Foundations: 9: Bright, Melancholy from Treatise of Melancholy 10: Burton, Melancholic States, from The Anatomy of Melancholy 11: Butler, A Melancholy Man, from Characters 12: Mather, The Cure of Melancholy, from The Angel of Bethesda 13: Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, from The Spleen 14: Boerhaave, Chronical Diseases, from Aphorisms Concerning the Knowledge and Cure of Diseases 15: Goethe, Werther's Death, from The Sorrows of Young Werther 16: Kant, Illnesses of Cognitive Faculties, from Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View 17: Pinel, Melancholia, from A Treatise on Insanity 18: Rush, Of the Remedies for Hypochondriasis or Tristimania, from Medical Inquiries and Observations Upon the Diseases of the Mind 19: Keats, Ode on Melancholy, Darkness Sonnet 20: Griesinger, States of Mental Depression, from Mental Pathology and Therapeutics 21: Baudelaire, Autumn Song, Spleen 22: Smiles, On Green Sickness and Wertherism, from Self Help 23: Maudsley, Ideational Insanity, from The Physiology and Pathology of the Mind 24: Kraepelin, Manic Depressive Insanity, from Textbook of Psychiatry 25: Freud, Mourning and Melancholia Part 2: After Freud 26: Klein, Mourning and Its Relation to Manic-Depressive States 27: Seligman, The Learned Helplessness Model of Depression, from Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death 28: Beck, The Paradoxes of Depression, from Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders 29: Miller, Ties to Others, from Toward a New Psychology of Women 30: Kristeva, Psychoanalysis--A Counterdepressant, from The Black Sun: Depression and Melancholy 31: Goodwin and Jameson, Biomedical Models, from Manic-Depressive Illness

ISBN: 9780195151657
ISBN-10: 0195151658
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st March 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.44