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The Nature of Melancholy

Edited by Jennifer Radden

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151657
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849253 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151657.001.0001
The Nature of Melancholy

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Spanning twenty-four 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 it traces Western attitudes, it reveals a conversation across centuries and continents as the authors interpret, respond, and build on each other's work. The editor provides an extensive, in-depth introduction that draws links and parallels between the selections, and reveals the ambiguous relationship between these historical accounts of melancholy and today's psychiatric views on depression.

Keywords: melancholy; philosophers; psychologists; Western writing; depression; historical accounts

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Subjects: Philosophy

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Introduction in The Nature of Melancholy

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Brilliance and Melancholy in The Nature of Melancholy

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Diseases of the Black Bile in The Nature of Melancholy

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Accidie in The Nature of Melancholy

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Black Bile and Melancholia in The Nature of Melancholy

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Melancholia in Men and Women in The Nature of Melancholy

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Learned People and Melancholy in The Nature of Melancholy

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Melancholy Nuns in The Nature of Melancholy

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Melancholy in The Nature of Melancholy

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