Melancholy Experience in Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century: Before Depression, 1660-1800 by A. Ingram

Melancholy Experience in Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century: Before Depression, 1660-1800

byA. Ingram, S. Sim, C. Lawlor

Hardcover | April 12, 2011

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Arising from a research project on depression in the eighteenth century, this book discusses the experience of depressive states both in terms of existing modes of thought and expression, and of attempts to describe and live with suffering. It also asks what present-day society can learn about depression from the eighteenth-century experience.

About The Author

ALLAN INGRAM is Professor of English at the University of Northumbria, UK. He has published widely in the field of eighteenth-century studies and particularly on literature and madness. He was Director of the Leverhulme Trust ‘Before Depression’ project. He is co-general editor and volume co-editor for the forthcoming Depression and M...

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Title:Melancholy Experience in Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century: Before Depression, 1660-1800Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.03 inPublished:April 12, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230246311

ISBN - 13:9780230246317

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Author Biographies
Introduction: Depression Before Depression; A.Ingram & S.Sim
Fashionable Melancholy; C.Lawlor
Philosophical Melancholy; R.Terry
‘Strange contrarys’: Figures of Melancholy in Eighteenth-Century Poetry; J.Baker
Despair, Melancholy and the Novel; S.Sim
Melancholy, Medicine, Mad Moon and Marriage: Autobiographical Expressions of Depression; L.Wetherall-Dickson
Deciphering Difference: A Study in Medical Literacy; A.Ingram
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"The studies that make up Melancholy Experience show how integral and dynamic medical and literary writing can be when read together. Judiciously chosen texts from a range of genres, by major figures and anonymous authors, demonstrate the wealth of perspectives offered by the history of melancholy on such topics as sex, religion, and creativity, as well as the condition itself. The book maintains a sense of conviction that the records left by sufferers and those who cared for them in the long eighteenth century are valuable for those who suffer now and those who wish to help. It is a fine example of such cross-era juxtaposition done conscientiously and constructively. Perhaps the strongest and most unique feature of this work is the humaneness of its scholarship, which causes the reader to share the deep interest and compassion the authors evidently feel for their subjects." --Tristanne Connolly, Assistant Professor of English, St. Jerome's University, University of Waterloo, Canada