Melancholia: The Western Malady by Matthew Bell

By Matthew Bell

Melancholia is a often skilled feeling, and one with a protracted and interesting scientific heritage which might be charted again to antiquity. fending off the simplistic binary competition of constructivism and tough realism, this publication argues that melancholia used to be a culture-bound syndrome which thrived within the West as a result of the constitution of Western medication because the historical Greeks, and thanks to the West's fascination with self-consciousness. whereas melancholia can't be equated with smooth melancholy, Matthew Bell argues that strategies from fresh melancholy study can make clear melancholia. inside of a extensive old landscape, Bell specializes in historical clinical writing, particularly the little-known yet pivotal Rufus of Ephesus, and at the medication and tradition of early smooth Europe. Separate chapters are devoted to problems with gender and cultural distinction, and the ultimate bankruptcy bargains a survey of melancholia within the arts, explaining the prominence of melancholia - specifically in literature.

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