A Field Guide to Melancholy

A Field Guide to Melancholy

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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 seem intent on removing all signs of sadness from contemporary existence. Complex and contradictory, melancholy's presence weaves through the histories of both science and art. This guide surveys literature, art, film, music and architecture, finding melancholy everywhere it turns.By drawing on a range of disciplines from psychology and philosophy to architecture and design, and by examining the work of creative figures as different as Ingmar Bergman, Albrecht DA¼rer, WG Sebald and Tom Waits, Jacky Bowring provides ...

Title:A Field Guide to Melancholy
Author:Jacky Bowring
Publisher:Old Castle - 2008


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