The Morbidity of Culture: Melancholy, Trauma, Illness and Dying in Literature and Film by Stephanie SiewertThe Morbidity of Culture: Melancholy, Trauma, Illness and Dying in Literature and Film by Stephanie Siewert

The Morbidity of Culture: Melancholy, Trauma, Illness and Dying in Literature and Film

EditorStephanie Siewert, Antonia Mehnert

Paperback | June 28, 2012

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The essay collection focuses on morbid phenomena such as melancholy, trauma, illness and death which engage with questions of «cultural vitality» and «cultural mortality». The figurations and representations of social pathologies not only display time in its existential drama, but furthermore show a paradox inherent to processes of decay: in passing lies a certain accumulation of life. Thus the morbid indicates the presence of the living, although it intentionally prefigures death. The collection points to the complex interconnections of social, medical and cultural discourses and assumes the seemingly negative of the morbid presence to be the constitutive element of the imagination and a catalyst for individual empowerment. As a source of life and art, the morbid then equally locates the point of intersection between ethics and aesthetics.
Stephanie Siewert is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Potsdam and a fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. She received her M.A. degree in American Studies, Comparative Literature and Educational Science. Her dissertation project focuses on carceral spaces and modalities of social visibility i...
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Title:The Morbidity of Culture: Melancholy, Trauma, Illness and Dying in Literature and FilmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:June 28, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Stephanie Siewert: Reflections on the Culture(s) of Morbidity or the Morbidity of Culture – Rüdiger Kunow: «People between two countries always feel sorrow»: Some Preliminary Reflections on Transnational Affects – Antonia Mehnert: « Ou libéré ? » Transnational Trauma in Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat – John Carlos Rowe: Disease, Culture, and Transnationalism in the Americas – Marc Priewe: Making Sense of Morbidity in Early American Autobiography – Ariane Schröder: ‘Descent into Hell’: The Cultural and Biomedical Signification of Depression in William Styron’s Darkness Visible – Sandra Poppe: The Aesthetics of Death and Mourning in American Literature and Film – Frederike Offizier: Death of the Other: Dying, Alterity, and Appropriation – Stephanie Siewert: «As for France, the Nation has Disposed of You»: The Penal Colony as Morbid Space and Discourse of Life.