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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Contents

Introduction
13
Madness
23
The Hunt for Melancholy
55
Copyright

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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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