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By Flatley, Jonathan; Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt; James, Henry; Platonov, Andreĭ Platonovich

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The extraordinary declare of this publication is that living on loss isn't really unavoidably miserable. in its place, Jonathan Flatley argues, embracing depression could be a highway again to touch with others and will lead humans to productively remap their courting to the realm round them. Flatley demonstrates likely disparate set of modernist writers and thinkers confirmed how aesthetic task may give us the potential to realize and alter our relation to loss.

The texts on the heart of Flatley’s analysis―Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, and Andrei Platonov’s Chevengur―share with Freud an curiosity in realizing the miserable results of inauspicious losses and with Walter Benjamin the desire that loss itself might turn into a method of connection and the foundation for social transformation. For Du Bois, Platonov, and James, the focal point on depression illuminates either the old origins of subjective emotional existence and a heretofore unarticulated neighborhood of melancholics. The affective maps they produce make attainable the conversion of a depressive melancholia right into a technique to have an interest within the world.

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54 Rather, in what follows, I read Freud as offering a kind of baseline paradigm for a modernist theory of melancholia, which will serve more as a point of reference throughout the book than as a theory of melancholia to use. 57 Freud continues this line of inquiry in his essay, setting himself the task of distinguishing between melancholic and nonmelancholic losses He begins with what he presumes to be already easily understood— mourning itself. Mourning, Freud writes, “is regularly the reaction to the loss of a loved person, or to the loss of some abstraction which has taken the place of one, such as one’s country, liberty, an ideal, and so on” (MM, 243).

29 The notion of a disease of the black bile did not disappear during this period so much as the sin of acedia existed alongside it as a 36 • Modernism and Melancholia kind of spiritual disease. Occasionally acedia was viewed as something that might motivate you to find your faith and to search for the meaning of God (William Langland’s Piers Plowman might be read along such lines), and thus even here there appears to be the potential for a positively valued flip side to the depressive phenomenon.

His influential Textbook of Psychiatry went through multiple editions and became a standard text. Constantly revising his clinical categories on the basis of new evidence and observations, Kraepelin made several important distinctions, but none as influential as the one between mood disorders (such as manic depression) and diseases of the cognitive faculties, such as dementia praecox (what we call schizophrenia today). 43 This is where Freud enters the picture, but before moving to an examination of the psychoanalytic theory of melancholia (in the next section), it is worth looking at the recent changes in our understanding of melancholia and depression, changes linked to the wide and effective use of Prozac and other SSRI antidepressants.

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