By Jacky Bowring
A depressive disorder or a passing feeling? psychological detachment or a precursor to genius? depression is a severe a part of what it truly is to be human, but every little thing from Prozac to self-help psychology books turns out rationale on elimination all symptoms of disappointment from modern lifestyles. A box advisor to depression surveys this ambivalent inspiration and takes a trip in the course of the articulation of depression in quite a few languages, from the Russian toska of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin to kaiho—which is expressed within the dancing of the Finnish tango. depression is located within the historical traditions of death’s presence in paradise, the tears of nature, in addition to nostalgia, pathos, and melancholy’s presiding god, Saturn. In modern society, depression turns into a manner assertion within the emo way of life. This consultant unearths depression in the paintings of writers resembling W. G. Sebald and Jean-Paul Sartre, the paintings of photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto and multi-media artist Gerhard Richter, the flicks of Andrei Tarkovsky and Patrick Keiller, the tune of Erik Satie and Tom Waits, the structure and landscapes of ruins, and the twenty first century’s predilection for memorials.
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872. 14. 16. 15. 7. 16. 6, my emphasis. 17. 281. 18. Sometimes ascribed to Pseudo-Aristotle to indicate doubts over attribution. 19. 18. 20. 30. 345. 22. 95. 23. 278. 24. 104. 25. 13. 26. 25. 27. 42-43. 28. 106. 98. 30. 60. 111. 32. ibid. 33. See for example John F McDermott, Emily Dickinson Revisited:A Study of Periodicity in Her Work. 34. 4. 35. 9. 36. 226. 37. 32. 38. See Immanuel Kant, Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime. 39. 63-64. 40. 168. 41. Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Judgment (trans.
Will, ‘a poor and honest man, but who has been given a bad name’, emphasises the potential danger in the conundrum of ﬁnding beauty in melancholy suffering. His home is a leaky hovel, and evidently a popular subject for picturesque sketching, and he declares, ‘You may see the cottage from the sunk fence over yonder. I’ve seen the ladies draw it in their books, a hundred times. It looks well in a picter, I’ve heerd say; but there ain’t weather in picters, and maybe ‘tis ﬁtter for that, than for a place to live in.
Ibid. 7. Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy – there are numerous 50 A FIELD GUIDE TO MELANCHOLY editions of the book, including digitised versions online from a range of editions. 8. 6. 9. 50. 10. John Mason Good, Olinthus Gregory and Newton Bosworth, Pantologia: A New Cabinet Cyclopaedia, Comprehending a Complete Series of Essays,Treatises and Systems, Alphabetically Arranged, with a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Word, Vol. 7, no page numbers. 11. 209. 12. 276. 13. 872. 14. 16.
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