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The Literature of Melancholia
Early Modern to Postmodern
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
18 Nov 2011
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This collection sets out to analyze philosophical, psychoanalytic, and aesthetic contexts of the discourse of melancholia in British and postcolonial literature and culture. It seeks to trace the multi-facetted phenomenon of melancholia from the early modern period to the present. The collection also takes into account relevant recent concepts of melancholia in the fields of gender theory, postcolonial theory, animal studies. Authors discussed in detail by a team of leading international scholars including Juliana Schiesari, Andrew Gibson, and Paul Gilroy range from Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, and Milton, Margaret Cavendish and Anne Bradstreet, to 18th and 19th century representatives like Mary Leapor, Thomas Carlyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad, to recent examples of postmodernist fiction and drama such as J.M. Coetzee and Howard Barker.


Description

This collection sets out to analyze philosophical, psychoanalytic, and aesthetic contexts of the discourse of melancholia in British and postcolonial literature and culture. It seeks to trace the multi-facetted phenomenon of melancholia from the early modern period to the present. The collection also takes into account relevant recent concepts of melancholia in the fields of gender theory, postcolonial theory, animal studies. Authors discussed in detail by a team of leading international scholars including Juliana Schiesari, Andrew Gibson, and Paul Gilroy range from Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, and Milton, Margaret Cavendish and Anne Bradstreet, to 18th and 19th century representatives like Mary Leapor, Thomas Carlyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad, to recent examples of postmodernist fiction and drama such as J.M. Coetzee and Howard Barker.


Reviews

'This book is an ambitious engagement with a major topic of psychological and cultural importance. Its aims are wide-ranging, covering key writers and topics between the early modern period and our own time. Using often sophisticated theoretical approaches, the contributors have important arguments to make both in terms of the historical analysis of melancholia and of melancholic texts and tendencies, and of the continuity between historical figures and objects and such present day preoccupations as depression, loss and nostalgia. The result is a rich mix of approaches and a convincingly nuanced series of distinctions in our experience and understanding of the merry and the melancholic.' - Allan Ingram, Professor of English, University of Northumbria, UK


Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Melancholia as a Sense of Loss: An Introduction; M.Middeke & C.Wald
PART I: THE MELANCHOLIC TRADITION, CREATIVITY, AND GENDER: CARVING AUTHORIAL POSITIONS FROM THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Yet IOnce More: Melancholia and Amnesia in Milton's Lycidas; T.Döring
Male Pregnancies, Virgin Births, Monsters of the Mind: Early Modern Melancholia and (Cross-)Gendered Constructions of Creativity; A-J Zwierlein
Mourning and Melancholia in England and Its Transatlantic Colonies: Examples of Seventeenth-Century Female Appropriations; G.Rippl
'To Pictur'd Regions and Imagin'd Worlds': Female Melancholic Writing and the Poems of Mary Leapor; S.Blackmore
PART II: NATURE, HISTORY AND NOSTALGIA: THE MELANCHOLIA OF ROMANTICISM AND BEYOND
'The Dark Bottomless Abyss, that Lies Under Our Feet, had Yawned Open': The Rescission of the Male Melancholic Genius in Carlyle's Sartor Resartus; F.Sprang
'They Came, they Cut Away my Tallest Pines': Tennyson and the Melancholy of Modernity; A.Gibson
The Melancholy of History: The French Revolution and European Historiography; P.Fritzsche
Commercialising Melancholy: The National Trust; C.Ehland & S.Kohl
PART III: MELANCHOLIA AND (POST-)COLONIALISM: FROM THE NINETEENTH TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Melancholia in the South Pacific: The Strange Case of Robert Louis Stevenson's Travel Writing; K.Sandrock
The Secret of the Father in the Colonial Secret: Rosa Praed's 'Weird Melancholy'; J.Rutherford
Modernist Melancholia and Time: The Synchronicity of the Non-Synchronic in Freud, Tylor and Conrad; A.Enderwitz
The Closed Circle of Britain's Postcolonial Melancholia; P.Gilroy
PART IV: POSTMODERNISM AND POST-MELANCHOLIA? ETHICS AND AESTHETICS IN THE TWENTIETH AND TWENTY-FIRST CENTURIES
Working at the Seams: Howard Barker's Tragic Trauerspiel; E.Sakellaridou
Melancholia and Mourning Animals; J.Schiesari
Melancholic Consolation? J. M. Coetzee, Irony, and the Aesthetics of the Sublime; J.Geertsema
The Novel after Melancholia: On Tom McCarthy's Remainder and David Mitchell's Ghostwritten; P.Vermeulen
Works Cited
Index


Authors

MARTIN MIDDEKE is Professor of English Literature at Augsburg University, Germany, and Visiting Professor of English at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
CHRISTINA WALD is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Augsburg University, Germany. Her previous publications include Hysteria, Trauma and Melancholia (Palgrave, 2007).