The Nature of Melancholy
From Aristotle to Kristeva
Edited by Jennifer Radden
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Nature of Melancholy by Jennifer Radden
Book DescriptionSpanning 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195151657
(234mm x 154mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Jennifer Radden
Jennifer Radden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
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