A Field Guide to Melancholy

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Oldcastle Books, 2008 - Psychology - 240 pages
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A depressive illness or a passing feeling? Mental detachment or a precursor to genius? Melancholy is a critical part of what it is to be human, yet everything from Prozac to self-help psychology books seem intent on removing all signs of sadness from contemporary existence. Complex and contradictory, melancholy's presence weaves through the histories of both science and art. This guide surveys literature, art, film, music and architecture, finding melancholy everywhere it turns.

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User Review  - Remy - Goodreads

I had high hopes for this book, and honestly if it wasn't what I expected that's my own fault. I'm sure it would be a magnificent read for the right person, a real tour de force. However, that person ... Read full review

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User Review  - Seamus Thompson - Goodreads

Terrific little book that accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: offer a general introduction to the various ideas and expressions of melancholy the world over. A lively read filled with nuanced ... Read full review


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Jacky Bowring is a critic, designer, and writer. She is associate professor of landscape architecture at Lincoln University in New Zealand and has published widely on landscape and architecture.

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