The Nature of Melancholy: From Aristotle to Kristeva

Paperback | March 15, 2002

EditorJennifer Radden

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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 ittraces 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 ambiguousrelationship 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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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 ittraces Western attitudes, it reveals a conversat...

Jennifer Radden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 1.3 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195151658

ISBN - 13:9780195151657

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Aristotle to Freud1. Aristotle (or a Follower of Aristotle), Melancholy, from Problems2. Galen, Diseases of the Black Bile, from On the Affected Parts3. Cassian, Of the Spirit of Accidie, from The Foundations of the Cenobitic Life and the Eight Capital Sins Book X Chapters I-IV4. Avicenna, On Black Bileand Melancholia, from Canon of Medicine5. Hildegard of Bingen, Melancholia in Men and Women, from Holistic Healing6. Ficino, Learned People and Melancholy, from The Three Books of Life7. Weyer, Melancholia, Witches, and Deceiving Demons, from Of Deceiving Demons8 Teresa of Avila, Melancholy Nuns, from The Interior Castle, and The Foundations. 9. Bright, Melancholy from Treatise of Melancholy10. Burton, Melancholic States, from The Anatomy of Melancholy11. Butler, A Melancholy Man, from Characters12. Mather, The Cure of Melancholy, from The Angel of Bethesda13. Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, from The Spleen14. Boerhaave, Chronical Diseases, from Aphorisms Concerning the Knowledge and Cure of Diseases15. Goethe, Werther's Death, from The Sorrows of Young Werther16. Kant, Illnesses of Cognitive Faculties, from Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View17. Pinel, Melancholia, from A Treatise on Insanity18. Rush, Of the Remedies for Hypochondriasis or Tristimania, from Medical Inquiries and Observations Upon the Diseases of the Mind19. Keats, Ode on Melancholy, Darkness Sonnet20. Griesinger, States of Mental Depression, from Mental Pathology and Therapeutics21. Baudelaire, Autumn Song, Spleen22. Smiles, On Green Sickness and Wertherism, from Self Help23. Maudsley, Ideational Insanity, from The Physiology and Pathology of the Mind24. Kraepelin, Manic Depressive Insanity, from Textbook of Psychiatry25. Freud, Mourning and MelancholiaPart 2: After Freud26. Klein, Mourning and Its Relation to Manic-Depressive States27. Seligman, The Learned Helplessness Model of Depression, from Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death28. Beck, The Paradoxes of Depression, from Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders29. Miller, Ties to Others, from Toward a New Psychology of Women30. Kristeva, Psychoanalysis--A Counterdepressant, from The Black Sun: Depression and Melancholy31. Goodwin and Jameson, Biomedical Models, from Manic-Depressive Illness

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"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 apenetrating and lengthy introduction....Handsome illustrations complement this serious yet inviting work of scholarship."--Virginia Quarterly Review